Resurrection Day 2013

Isn’t it a bit crazy for you and me to base our lives in the twenty-first century on the words of a man from the first century? After all, aren’t some of the Bible’s teachings simply archaic? 
DSC05415 Are we really supposed to take literally everything that Jesus said? Haven’t we experienced cultural developments and discovered scientific advancements since the days in which Jesus lived?

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How do we we know that what Jesus taught two thousand years ago is still true today?

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This is where we realize that the authority of Jesus’ words is tied to the actuality of Jesus’ resurrection. 

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Think about it. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then ultimately we don’t have to worry about a thing he said. He would be just like every other religious teacher in the world, teaching truths and imparting opinions for how to have a better life.

DSC05439  In fact, he would actually be far worse than other religious teachers because he promised that he would rise from the dead and then didn’t. 
SONY DSC If Jesus wasn’t resurrected, then all of Christianity is a hoax and Christians are the most pitiably stupid people on the planet.  SONY DSCAnd if that’s the case, then we are free to pick and choose whatever we want to take from Jesus that might be helpful to us.
DSC05457But if Jesus did rise from the dead, if he did do what no one else in all of history has ever done or will ever do–conquer death–then we can’t just accept what Jesus said. 
DSC05463We must orient our entire lives around what Jesus said.
DSC05473 (Excerpt taken from Follow Me by David Platt, pg. 79)SONY DSCSONY DSC“Death is swallowed up in victory.”

“O death, where is your victory?

O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

-1 Cor 15:54-57

Christ is Risen from the Dead!

See, what a morning, gloriously bright,
With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light,
As the angels announce, “Christ is risen!”

See God’s salvation plan,
Wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
Fulfilled in Christ, the Man,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

See Mary weeping, “Where is He laid?”
As in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb;
Hears a voice speaking, calling her name;
It’s the Master, the Lord raised to life again!

The voice that spans the years,
Speaking life, stirring hope, bringing peace to us,
Will sound till He appears,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

One with the Father, Ancient of Days,
Through the Spirit who clothes faith with certainty.
Honor and blessing, glory and praise
To the King crowned with pow’r and authority!

And we are raised with Him,
Death is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered;
And we shall reign with Him,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

{Lyrics from See, What a Morning by Keith and Kristyn Getty}