Sunday, April 23, 2017

Casting Doubt on the Resurrection?

Near Easter news articles in the major magazines have delighted in casting doubt on the resurrection account of Jesus Christ.  Why this attack on the very foundation of Christianity?   “If Christ has not been raised, your FAITH is futile; you are still in your sins,” (1 Cor. 15:17).  This of course is nothing new.  Already on Easter morning when the guards of the tomb reported the events of Easter, the enemies of Christ paid them to say, “The disciples came by night and stole His body” (Matthew 28); those who called for His crucifixion were “grieved” when the Apostles preached “in Jesus the resurrection of the dead” (Acts 4:2); even the Apostles did not at first believe the witnesses to the empty tomb and risen Lord, “Their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them” (Luke 24:11); and Thomas would not believe unless he could see and touch the One who was crucified (John 20).

Why would anyone not want to believe the witness of the Apostles who died proclaiming the risen Christ?  Why would anyone reject the testimony of 3000 people who 50 days after the resurrection were convinced that the One crucified lives?  For the unbeliever and the unrepentant it means that they will have to stand before Him the final Judge on the Last Day.

While the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a terror to unbelievers, it is comfort and strength to those who believe.  Jesus assures them, “Because I live, you shall live also” (John 14:19).  Come to Peace Lutheran Church for this comfort and strength, and join us in believing and telling Easter Sunday, 9:00 a.m.