|Posted on April 16, 2017 at 8:30 AM|
In the world we live in there are many religions. In fact, according to Google there are an estimated 4200 different religions in the world today. If you were to count all the religions in the world and include all the people groups who have ever lived, no matter how remote, nor how primitive, I would suspect that there would not only be thousands, but tens of thousands. The simple truth is we have no way of knowing just how many people went into the forest and found a piece of wood or a rock of some kind and brought it home and set it up in their house and decided that it would be their family god, but what we do know is that no matter where you go in the world, or what primitive culture that you study, we find that people of every race and culture have historically believed in a god or gods. One might even argue that it is within our nature as human beings to look to a being that is greater than ourselves, but that is a different discussion for another day.
Today I just want to talk about what makes Christianity different from all the other religions of the world, the very thing that we celebrate today: the Resurrection! See, it is the resurrection that gives validity to all the claims of Christianity and according to the New Testament, during the time period in which it was written there were more than 500 witnesses who had seen the resurrected Lord! This is reported in 1 Corinthians 15. This is important be cause it is the resurrection that gives validity to everything. Without the resurrection we lose all the claims of Christ. But, if it is true, and Jesus did rise from the dead then it proves everything. The resurrection proves that Jesus is the Son of God. It proves that Jesus’ death was enough to not only pay for our sins, but rather more than enough. It proves that Jesus keeps His promises and that we can trust all the words that He said! And, it is the resurrection that gives us hope. It gives us hope when we come to the grave of a loved one who has gone on to be with the Lord that they will some day awake and rise from the dead, and it gives us hope that even after our own deaths that we too will rise again.
Yes, it is the resurrection of Jesus Christ that gives us hope in all things Christian and reassures us of Christ’s promise that He will some day come again for us, “...the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:...” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Yes, it truly is the resurrection that makes the difference. - Pastor Tim
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