Many think that facts are only found in the areas such as science and accounting, with faith relegated to the worlds of spirituality, the occult, and religion. If so, we are left with just hunches and hopes, feelings and impulses. If Christ’s historical and bodily resurrection is relegated to the marginalized sphere of so-called faith, then Hefner is right in that “we have no such answers.” However, the evidence is overwhelming that Jesus not only died on a cross but also rose from the dead. Our faith is based on fact, as history’s best-tested miracle.
Consider just one aspect of the evidences for Christ’s miraculous resurrection. Over 700 years before Jesus’ birth, Isaiah promised that Christ would be assigned a grave, “with a rich man in his death” (Isaiah 53:6). As a poor carpenter, Jesus could not have afforded an expensive family burial plot. Joseph of Arimathea was a secret follower and gave his expensive tomb for Jesus’ burial. He was well-known. Consequently, the burial place was easy to confirm and investigate. If Christ was not raised, the corpse could easily have been produced. This was dramatized in the movie last year, “Risen.” The “Case for Christ” is now a new film based on Lee Strobel’s work. Naturally, the disciples were afraid and could not have overpowered a Roman guard. Besides, if they had invented the story, they would have cracked under torture and “spilled the beans.”
The living Christ, as taught in the New Testament and preached in our church, must be “received” and “believed” (1 Corinthians 15:1, 2). “Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection” was prophetic as well as historic, “in accordance with the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Once again we are to “stand in this truth,” declaring it to the whole world (1 Corinthians 15:1).
A special Easter card is available in the Worship Center and Chapel chair racks for recording a decision for Christ. Though pastors will be available to pray with you, I urge you to discover the true meaning of Easter and meet the living Lord.