Everything concerning the Christian faith rises or falls on the reality of the resurrection. As important as the life, teachings, and death of Jesus is to Christians, these events mean nothing about the historical event that brought them to completion: the resurrection. The Christian faiths credibility and trustworthiness rests solely upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul said it so well, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is in vain; you are still in your sins. And those who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life, we have hope in Christ, we are to pitied more than all men.” (I Corinthians 15:17-19)
Without the resurrection there would be no hope for eternal life. With the promise of the resurrection there is the assurance of everlasting life. Without the resurrection we are eternally lost. With it we can be eternally saved. Without the resurrection, Jesus is either a liar or at best, a lunatic. With it his words can be relied upon. Without it we are adrift in the ocean of life alone, without any hope of rescue. With it we can rest upon God’s promises.
I believe in eternal life on the strength of Jesus’ own testimony and because of the quality of his life and spirit. I accept him at his word. I believe it when he says, “I am the resurrection and the life.” “I go to prepare a place for you.” “God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him would not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus brought abundant living and eternal life together. He revealed by what he taught, by his own life, death, and resurrection that there is life, on the other side death, and that life can take on a new dimension, when we surrender ourselves to him. Life everlasting begins here and now in the life of faith. It is a foretaste of what is to come. Ask the risen Lord to come into your life and take control. Why wait? Why not make the most important decision that you will ever make in your life? Why not meet the risen Christ and let him become the Lord of your life? It is a decision that will make all the difference in this world as well as in the next.
See you Sunday in church!