“The resurrection is one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted upon the minds of men, or it is the most fantastic fact of history.” Today is resurrection Sunday. What difference should the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ make in my life?
I understand that the early believers did not greet each other by reciting recent sports scores, but by one of them saying, “He is RISEN!” And the other responding, “He is risen INDEED!” But why do we hear so few sermons on Christ’s resurrection during the year — and it seems to be the only theme on a Sunday like today?
Paul’s treatise on Christ’s resurrection in I Corinthians 15 is well-known. That document alone demolishes foolish views like the disciples stole the body, or Jesus’ resurrection appearances were merely hallucinations, or the disciples went to the wrong tomb on that Easter morn.
I Corinthians 15 shoots down the silly notion that what really matters is that “Jesus lives in my heart” (which even the Jesus seminar member Marcus Borg says!). Robert Funk, Borg’s predecessor, stated that the bodily resurrection of Jesus didn’t happen and that the body was most likely eaten by dogs.
Jesus’ bodily resurrection demonstrates the Father’s approval of the Son’s work, proves that Jesus kept His word about “taking back His life again,” and guarantees our own resurrections (for those who have trusted Him as Savior). The evidences of the “almost-empty” tomb (the graveclothes were left), the resurrection appearances, and the bold preaching of the disciples in the very city in which their Master was executed reminds us that we have good and sufficient reasons to believe the Gospel — even at the cost of our own lives!
Discussion Questions: Why is the resurrection of Jesus important to YOU? If you really believe He rose from the dead, what differences should that make in your life and mine?