Faces on Faith: The gospel of Easter
There is nothing louder than life, and this month we have again celebrated the eternal life of a risen Savior. We have echoed the triumphant announcement of the angels, “He is risen, just as He said!”
Beginning in I Corinthians 15:12, the Apostle Paul teaches us the necessity of Jesus’ resurrection. Verse 14, “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without foundation, and so is your faith.” Verse 17, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.”
Christ’s victory over death gives us an attitude about life. With Christ, no problems are too big, no stones are too large, and no demonic forces are too strong. In His strength we too are victors.
His victory also gives us an attitude about death. It is a transition a threshold. Eight-year-old Gilda wrote, “When you die they put you in a box and bury you in the ground because you don’t look too good.” And 9-year-old Martha said, “A good doctor can help you so you won’t die; a bad doctor sends you to heaven.” A Christ-follower looks at death and realizes that death no longer has a hold. “If I’m not here, you’ll know where to find me.”
Jesus’ victory gives us an attitude about God. He is more than a man alive from the dead. He is the Eternal God. Romans 1:4 “He was declared to be the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead.” His enemies had called Him a blasphemer, a drunkard, a madman and a deceiver. But the Father declares Him the Son of God. His resurrection is so important that His being, or not being, the Messiah stands or falls with it. It is the cornerstone of the Gospel. Without the physical resurrection of Jesus, His deity is eliminated, salvation from sin is eliminated, and eternal life is eliminated.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a factual event that happened some 2,000 years ago. But it brings a miracle into your life. He wants to do a miracle in your life that is possible because of His own physical resurrection. He wants to make you a participant in His eternal life. “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” – I John 5:12
The Rev. Dr. Stephen LeBar is the interim senior pastor at the Sanibel Community Church.