Quotes and Notes for the Day
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
” To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, …..” – Acts 1:3 All praise to God, Christ’s body did not remain permanently in the tomb. After three days, Christ’s spirit and body reunited in a glorious triumph over death. While giving lip service (to the death burial and resurrection of Christ), nominal apostate Christianity overlooks the real Biblical significance of Christ’s literal death and resurrection. The Jehovah’s witness cult falsely allege that only Christ the spirit arose, and that Jesus the man is still dead.
1. The Resurrection of Christ was a vital Resurrection: Christ’s resurrection was an imperative and necessary resurrection. i). It was vital to our FAITH: Using sold reasoning , in 1st Corinthians 15:14 the Apostle Paul says, “ and if Christ be not reason, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” ii).It was also vital to our FORGIVENESS: again in 1st Corinthians 15 17 The Apostle Paul states, ” And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain, ye are in your sins.”; In other words if Christ be not risen, then there is no forgiveness! A savior who is permanently dead has no power to act in granting forgiveness of sins. iii).Not only that but also that Christ’s resurrection was vital for our FUTURE: Again in 1st Corinthians15:19 which reads, ” if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” Yes, as the living Savior, Christ has entered heaven as our forerunner, becoming the guarantor of our future entrance there.
2.The Resurrection of Christ was a Verifiable Resurrection. There are at least seven Scriptural verifications of Christ’s resurrection. i). The Testimony of the Tomb: Luke 24:3 says that when Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James came to Christ’s tomb that resurrection morning, they ” found not the body of the Lord Jesus.” ii).The testimony of the travelers: On that first resurrection day, two of Christ’s disciples travelling to the village called Emmaus, they met Jesus who at first they thought was a stranger, and while He communed with them and unfolded the Old Testament Scriptures about himself and prayed with them before the meal, ” their eyes were opened” and the scripture states that ” they knew him.” iii) Testimony of the Tangible: in Luke24:36-48 we have the record of events of that first resurrection evening when Jesus appeared to the disciples. “supposed they had seen a spirit.” Christ however, reassured them by saying, “ Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me and see; for the spirit hath not flesh and bone, as ye see me have. and when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.” iv).The Testimony of the Text: The Old Testament predicted the resurrection of Christ in Psalm 16:10m which reads, “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” when this Scripture verse is compared with Acts 2:31, the fulfillment of Christ’s bodily resurrection is very clear. v)The Testimony of the Title: Before his ascension Christ is called by his earthly name Jesus 608 times, but only 62 times is he given this designation after his resurrection and ascension. Never once before Christ’s ascension does the Scripture give His complete title: ” Lord Jesus Christ.” But 81 times after His ascension to glory, you will discover that title in the Scriptures. vi)The Testimony of the Trinity: The Triune God, three distinct persons, but one divine being, all individually testify to Christ’s resurrection. God the Father authenticated Christ’s resurrection; In Acts 10:40 reads, ” Him God (the Father) raised up the third day and shewed him openly.” In Luke 24:39 the Son also affirms His own resurrection. ” Behold my hand and my feet, that it is I myself; hand me and see; for the spirit has not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.” God the Holy Spirit actualized Christ’s resurrection: Romans 8:1 which reads, ” But if the Spirit of him that raised up Christ from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.” vii). The Testimony of the Transformed: yes, last but not least compare the difference in attitudes of some of Christ’s disciples in Act 24:17 before they learned about His Resurrection with the dramatic change that occurred after they learned about His resurrection.
3. The Resurrection of Christ was a Victorious Resurrection. Christ’s triumphant resurrection brought back life and immortality to reality. i)Christ was victorious first and foremost over Satan: 1st John 3:8, reads, “….. For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” In the death and resurrection of Christ Satan’s doom is sealed. ii)Christ was victorious over the Sepulcher: Ephesians 4:8-10 the Scripture declares when Christ arose from the dead and ascended on high that he ” led captivity captive.” which means that when Christ arose from the dead and ascended to heaven he emptied the upper compartment Shoel-Hades where the spirits of Old Testament saints had been resting. At His ascension Christ took them to glory with Him. Since that time, when saints die their soul and spirit no longer go DOWNWARD to a place of comfort which is called paradise, but takes an immediate flight upwards at death to the presence of Christ. iii) Christ was victorious over the Sinful World: While in his birth and life, Christ was both born without sin and incapable of sin, and lived without it, in His resurrection and ascension, Christ attained new spiritual heights, in that He is seated at the right hand of God. This is the place of highest honor in heaven. As the High Priest, “He ever liveth to make intercession for them that come to God by Him.” Hebrews 7:25.
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff