With some things in life, it all comes down to the very simple statement, “It either happened or it didn’t.” Whichever it may be, things become clear based on what actually took place. There is no more relevant example of this than with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Either it happened or it didn’t. Either his corpse miraculously came to life and he physically left the tomb or his cadaver is still there, or buried in some other place. There isn’t room for “maybe” when it comes to the resurrection. While that seems confrontational, this perspective enables us to appreciate the enormous importance of what happened on the day we call Easter.
If Jesus did physically rise from the dead, everything that he said about himself and all that he promised those who put their trust in him as the Messiah, is true. Not only is it true, but those teachings and promises are worth both living and dying for. If Christ did not leave the tomb in his body, then he is little more than a strange footnote in history.
For two thousand years millions of people throughout the world have celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. For two thousand years many other people have tried by all means available to explain away the resurrection. But they have not succeeded. The best answer to the question, “Where is the body?” continues to be the first, “He is not here, he has risen, just as he said.”
There is an old Easter greeting which is still popular today. On meeting, one Christian says, “He is risen!” To which the other responds, “He is risen indeed.” All of which is to say, “It happened! Jesus is alive!” There is no better, no more life and eternity changing message than this!
Weekend worship service time: Sunday: 10:00 am
(Saturday service cancelled this week only.)