“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins." - I Corinthians 15:17
The High Point of the Christian Calendar!
Last weekend we celebrated the most thrilling day of the Christian calendar…Easter! We made a point to talk about it often with our students, to emphasize the significance of the historical fact of the bodily resurrection of Jesus from the grave. There are those today, in some “churches” that reduce the resurrection to metaphor or some spiritual experience and reject the biblical account of the bodily resurrection of Christ. The virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary atonement on the cross, and the resurrection of Christ are irreducible minimums for the faith. Remove any of those, and you no longer have Christianity.
Reductionist religion is not Christianity
Denying the bodily resurrection of Jesus reduces Christianity to a set of moral precepts or principles that, oddly enough, flow from the teachings of a very misguided individual who claimed to be God. It becomes one of many religions with no real authority and no real hope of redemption. We are left in our sins with only a cruel form of self-help moralism that we know in our gut offers us no hope.
Historical fact is not a matter of preference
But Christ is risen! The tomb is empty. Both the credible level of historical evidence and the authoritative account of scripture establish this truth. We are faced with this historical fact that refuses to allow us to relegate Christianity to a set of ideas that we are free to accept or reject without consequence. Historical fact cannot be relegated to a matter of preference.
Let’s take every opportunity to point our students to both the cross and the empty tomb and pray that those who don’t yet know the risen Savior will come to faith in Him, even at this Easter season! Christ is risen, indeed!