Warning: this article contains the Gospel truth. Would I lie to you?
The resurrection of Jesus has many consequences for us today. It means that we have a living reason to stand for truth, a hope for the future and a foundation to place our faith. Not everyone who was lucky enough to be there when Jesus vacated the tomb believed He lived. I am amazed that even after Jesus was seen by several people after He rose, those people still didn’t believe it. The writers of the four Gospels either had themselves been witnesses or were relating the accounts of eyewitnesses. The apostles appealed to common knowledge concerning the facts of the resurrection. Everyone at that time was talking about it.
When He ascended into heaven over five hundred people witnessed His departure. Yet, some still did not believe what they saw. Those that did believe that Jesus was, in fact, alive and returned to His heavenly home told everyone they encountered. They spread the gospel far and wide. As a result, they were beaten, stoned to death, thrown to the lions, tortured and crucified. Even in the face of fear, the face of death, they laid down their lives as proof of the truth of their message.
Jesus lives, He died for us and rose again.
He lives. What’s more He will return for us!
We must believe in the Resurrection of Christ. Paul puts the Resurrection of Jesus this way (1 Corinthians 15:14–17) “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.”
We are forgiven. We are not under the threat of death if we share the gospel, yet we are more often than not silent. We go about our daily lives faithful, but how much are we sharing the gospel?
We haven’t seen Him. We never walked and talked with Him. We certainly did not get to witness His death, burial, His Resurrection and Ascension to the Father, but we believe in the person, the divinity for Jesus.
We should be telling everyone! Sharing the gospel with everyone. What do we have to lose?
Galatians 2: 20 “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
What are you waiting for? Tell everyone about the life, death, Resurrection, and love of Christ.
(Lori is a novelist and self-proclaimed expert on how to be a nontraditional life loving happy Christian. Read more about her here.)