Resurrection Sunday – It is the one day a year that all Christians for all of history grasp hold of with hands that will not turn loose as the foundation for their faith. It is the evidence that proves that the energy and time that we have invested in our belief is not just a fool’s hope but is really and truly worth all that we have.
Death is not the end of life.
There is something
1 Corinthians 15:12-21
12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
Resurrection – it comes from the Greek word anástasis which is two words combined: aná, meaning “up, again” and hístēmi, meaning “to stand” – literally, “stand up” or “stand again.” biblehub.com
The question that sometimes arises, no pun intended, is whether or not Jesus actually physically died or was he simply in a coma. If he did not actually die, then his “resurrection” was a hoax. Or is it that his resurrection was only a spiritual resurrection, meaning his physical body did not rise.
“The evidence thus strongly points to the conclusion that the apostles used Ps.16:10 “For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay,” as a proof-text for the Resurrection. This is almost certainly one of the texts, if not the text, that Paul had in mind when he passed on to the Corinthians that Christ was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. He must have had some Scripture in mind, and this is the only Old Testament text that is used in the entire New Testament as a proof-text for the resurrection of the Messiah. But this also means that the view of the Resurrection that Paul and the other apostles had in mind was physical. Jesus did not simply rise in some spiritual, mystical, or visionary sense. It was not simply that his spirit lived on in the disciples who felt his presence with them in some subjective, emotional way. It was rather that his body did not remain in the tomb long enough to undergo decay but was restored to life. In fact more than restored – it was transformed into an immortal state, what N.T. Wright has called “life after life after death.”” Posted by John Fraser on April 4, 2015 in The Apostles and the Resurrection of the Body
So in conclusion – Did Jesus really die? Yes. Did he rise again to life? Yes.
The power of our faith is the resurrection, so today we celebrate. Today we give grateful thanks for the hope that we have.
Get your coffee – Mugs raised high!