“Come and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After 2 days He will revive us; On the third day He will RAISE us up, that we may live in His sight” -Hosea 6:1-2
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very heart of Christianity. In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, and if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. (1 Cor. 15:14). Why is our faith empty? After all didn’t Our Lord die for us? A short story will illustrate the point that I am presenting. The young man and his friends were excited. There was a new teacher at the school. The new professor was not much older than them, only thirty-two years old. Finally there was some fresh, young blood at the school, some fresh thinking. His name was Professor Rauwenhoff, a professor of church history. One of his first lectures dealt with the resurrection of Christ. The young man listened intently. Professor Rauwenhoff pointed out that the Bible spoke very clearly about the resurrection. However, he said, we have to be careful because the Bible often uses symbolic language that is not meant to be taken literally. After all, the Bible is not a textbook for science or history. Moreover, no rational modern man could actually believe that Christ’s body was raised from the dead at certain place at a certain point in real history. That would be against all the laws of nature and everybody knows that those laws simply can’t be broken. Jesus rose from the dead, yes, but not in history. He rose in the hearts of his disciples. His body remained in the tomb. As the professor reached his conclusion, the young man and his friends leapt from their seats and started clapping. They were applauding a professor who finally understood. Finally they had a teacher who was with the times. The young man, twenty-three years old, was thrilled with a professor who had the courage to say what everybody else was thinking. I wonder if that is the way that many of us feel about the Resurrection. Has the feast of the Resurrection turned in a nice story in history, rather than a means on transformation and victory in our lives? If our Lord had not risen with His physical body, how would we ever have hope of our resurrection? Oh how dreadful of a state that would be for mankind. For if His human body had not risen how could the rest of humanity rise? But thankfully our Lord rose on the third day and gave us a hope of eternally life. My brethren, Christ is Risen! He has risen and is alive, active and present in our churches and lives today. What a transformation should take place in our families, in our churches, schools, workplaces! Christ has risen! Death has no more string, has no more victory! The earliest Christians would proclaim this message to the point of death because they understood the implications that the Resurrection had on their lives. On the day of the Resurrection the angel at the tomb delivered the most important message that has ever fallen on the ears of mankind: “He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Matthew 28:6. The power of those words changed the course of history, brought hope to a hopeless world and gave men and women a purpose and a power which they had never before known. Those words gave us a new life, new beginning and a hope for eternal life promised by our Lord to those who love Him. If this life is all we have to look forward to, then it’s a pretty sad story. If you live only for this life, then you are cheating yourself. There is much more to look forward to: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). We should proudly and boldly proclaim to the whole world that our God loved us so much that He suffered, died, but Rose from the dead in order that we could be alive. The Resurrection leaves no room for a tired, defeated Christian. The Resurrection gives us a hope and power that a midst any difficult circumstance or struggle, Christ has Risen, and He raised me up 2000 years ago, is continuing to raise me up today and will one day raise me up in the Resurrection.