Resurrection Sunday is the highlight of the Christian faith. People all over the world will stop to think about Easter. Many of them know Jesus as their Lord and Savior and yet 3/4 of the world does not. Many people are religious today and there are even more who seem “a-religious”.
Did Jesus really live and rise from the grave? Most of you reading this would say “yes”. How do you know? The authoritative Word of God speaks clearly about this giving a spiritual/theological account and also a historical account. Take a few moments to read 1 Corinthians 15 where in the first few verses we understand that the Resurrected Christ was seen by over 500 people. Some of those who saw Jesus after the crucifixion were in groups of hundreds, others were in smaller groups and still others He appeared to individually.
In 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 Paul expounds upon the reality of the physical resurrection. Like most, they were having a hard time comprehending such an incredible phenomenon. They were teaching a spiritual return but not necessarily a physical one. Paul was attempting to explain to them that Jesus had completely conquered death and that He provides a life with Him in Heaven for all those who believe. Those who are unbelievers spend eternity apart from God!
This entire chapter addresses the afterlife and the power that Christ has over it. He conquered death! I suggest reading the entire chapter along with the Gospel accounts of the Crucifixion and Resurrection. That way you will get a good mix of the historical as well as the theological impacts of this most celebrated day in the Christian world.
Things to Ponder:
What concerns you most about your death?…in terms of family, legacy, finances etc.
How can we prepare for the end of life well?
How many people in your family or even your friends are ready to meet Jesus? And how can you help them to get ready?
Jesus death and resurrection has changed lives, history, and cultures for thousands of years. How has He changed your life?