01 Apr A dead savior is no one’s savior
Bible Reading: Luke 24:1-35
The greatest single miracle in the Bible is without question the resurrection of Jesus Christ. His resurrection was predicted hundreds of years before He walked on the face of the earth (Is. 53:11). Jesus himself predicted his resurrection multiple times all throughout the gospels. Yet in our passage today, we see the historical account from Dr. Luke of the bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
The resurrection is the most important facet of the gospel story for believers, as one man put it, “If you deny the cross you take the heart out of the gospel; if you deny the resurrection you take the hope out of the gospel.” The Apostle Paul would argue in 1 Corinthians 15, that if Jesus Christ is still dead, then our “preaching is pointless, faith is foolish, and hope is hopeless.”
Yet, as the Angel said to the women standing at the empty tomb on the Sunday morning after the Passover, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you…” Jesus is the only person in the history of humanity that has predicted his death, guaranteed his resurrection and actually pulled it off.
The result is that we have salvation and eternal life because Jesus is alive. All other political, celebrity and religious leaders have made bold and outrageous claims, but only Jesus backed his up with reality. As the theological-lyricist Shai Linne put it:
Elvis is dead, Picasso is dead, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin are dead,
Marilyn Monroe is dead, however, Jesus is Alive!
Brando is dead, James Brown is dead, Princess Di and John Lennon are dead,
Biggie and Tu Pac are dead, however, Jesus is Alive!
Plato is dead, Socrates is dead, Aristotle and Immanuel Kant are dead,
Neitzsche and Darwin are dead, however, Jesus is Alive!
Buddha is dead, Mohammed is dead, Ghandi and Haile Selassie are dead,
Elijah Mohammed is dead, however, Jesus is Alive!
Nero is dead, Constantine is dead, Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun are dead, Alexander the Great is dead, however, Jesus is Alive!
Napoleon is dead, Lao Tzu is dead, Che Guevara and Henry VIII are dead,
Osama Bin Laden is dead, however, Jesus is Alive!
Pharaoh is dead, Cyrus is dead, Darius and Sennacharib are dead,
Nebuchadnezzar is dead, however, Jesus is Alive!
Caesar is dead, Herod is dead, Annas, Caiaphas and Judas are dead,
Pontius Pilate is dead, however, Jesus is Alive!
Rejoice, Oh Christian! Your faith is not futile and your hope is not hopeless! Rejoice for Jesus is Alive! Because Jesus lives, so shall we live. Death no longer has dominion over us! Sin no longer has power over us! Satan has no hold on us! Jesus is ALIVE!Join Us for Easter