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The Resurrection of Christ: The Power of an Empty Tomb: Conclusion

24 Apr

Conclusion

As one honestly weighs these six powerful witnesses to the resurrection, the conclusion that he will inevitably come to is that the facts are overwhelmingly in favor of the accuracy of the Biblical account. Christ is alive today. He demonstrated His sovereignty over death and His fitness as our sinless substitute in His bodily resurrection, but what benefits did His resurrection secure? In I Corinthians 15:14, 15, 17 Paul wrote, “if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain…and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not…And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” The possibility of our eternal salvation and every temporal and eternal benefit of that salvation is at stake. If Christ is not alive today, then the apostles were liars, Christ is just another man, the gospel has no power to save, Christianity is just another false hope, there is no hope of a future eternal kingdom, there is no hope of a future eternal inheritance, God’s wrath was not satisfied in Christ, we still deserve God’s eternal wrath, and we have no hope of a future resurrection free from the effects of sin. There is so much that hinges on the resurrection of Christ. My question to you is, what will you do with the facts before you? Will you ignore them as if they are not there; will you attack them so they will not be taken seriously; or will you taken them seriously and humbly as a penitent sinner, place your dependence upon the person and work of the risen Lord Jesus Christ. Your eternal destiny is in the balances as you weigh this eternally important question.

You might say, while these six witnesses are quite compelling, I still have trouble believing what I am reading but cannot see for myself. I have one last thought for you. In II Corinthians 5:17 Paul writes, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” While everything that I have presented is based upon the Biblical records of men who lived nearly two thousand years ago, there is one last evidence that people today can see for themselves. When a man is genuinely born from above, there is a radical change that takes place in his heart and life that stands as a powerful testimony to the saving power of the resurrected Christ. While no man’s testimony will approach the magnitude of Paul and the other apostles, the power of a changed life speaks volumes to those without Christ of His saving power. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” The witness of a faithful believer exposes the power of the gospel and the resurrection. I Peter 3:14 “But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” Every believer who is faithful in the midst of intense testing lives his life as a irrefutable testimony of the grace of God, and the power of the gospel message. His testimony becomes a powerful tool that God uses to bring men to faith in Christ. Do you know a faithful Christian? Does his testimony before you baffle and convict you? Do you wonder where he gets the strength to live life the way that he does? Do you wonder how his life could so radically change because of one simple “religious” experience that he calls being “born again?” Friend, this radical change is a testimony to the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the power of His gospel message. Do not ignore it, rather embrace it!

Lastly, Christian, I challenge you as Paul challenged the church of Corinth in I Corinthians 15:58 in light of the resurrection of Christ, and all the benefits that you experience because it took place, “Be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

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