The Big Deal About Resurrection

Many regard God’s creation of all things as the foundational issue of the Christian faith. You may even hear others state the case that if the Biblical creation is faulty, the integrity of the rest of God’s revelation to man suffers. Although I am fully convinced that the creation record in Genesis is true, I argue that the veracity of the Christian faith hinges upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

If there is no such thing as a resurrection of the dead, we must seriously question Genesis as well as all the Bible. Without a resurrection from death, the Scriptures must be accepted as fanciful fiction.

The resurrection of Jesus was the greatest miracle imaginable.  It was a victorious operation against the two greatest enemies of mankind, death and Hell[1]. The resurrection was a defeat of these two great enemies.  Jesus submitted Himself to death, but death could not lay an eternal claim upon Him. Death was forced to release the Son of God, because it had no right to claim Him.

In a relationship between an employer and an employee, the employer agrees to pay a wage for a deed done while the employee agrees to do said deed for a wage. The relationship is built upon an offer and an acceptance between both parties. If the employee does not accept the employer’s offer of employment, the employee is not under obligation to the employer. Furthermore, if the employee does not do the work, he or she is not owed the agreed upon wage. This example is a great way to understand why Jesus could not be held by death.

Like an employer, sin offers a wage for work. The wage death. While Jesus walked this earth as a man, we read where He never did the work of sin. He lives a sinless life. Since Jesus does not sin, He is not owed sin’s wage. Jesus dies as a result of being a man who suffers crucifixion, but He is not owed a permanent death because He did not earn sin’s wage. Therefore Jesus’ grave is empty.

An empty grave is the supreme endorsement by God that Jesus is the Messiah. The apostle Paul writes this very thing (Romans 1:1-4). Without a resurrection, Jesus is not the Son of God. His death is not payment enough for humanity’s sin. He is not the sinless Savior. The rest of the Bible is not true.

But Jesus did rise from the grave. He is not in the grave, but He is alive. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! The empty grave gives assurance that Jesus is the One whom sinners can trust for forgiveness of sin.

Randy


[1] Some deny the existence of Hell, but they cannot deny the existence of death. If some are so sure that there is no Hell, why do they struggle with the idea of dying and avoid it at all cost? Could it be that they may be inclined to think that any state after death is worse? And if such an after-life existence is less desirable than this present life, with its many sufferings and injustices, could that next state be defined as Hell?

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