The Resurrection of Christ ... could it be true? Could someone really overcome death? The answer seems clear to me when we take a look at the facts. The resurrection of Christ is the essential foundation to our Christian faith. In the 15th Chapter of I Corinthians the Apostle Paul declares that Christ died for our sins, was buried and that he rose again the third day. In His resurrected state He was seen by Mary Magdalene and other women, the 12 apostles, by a great crowd of 500 witnesses and lastly by the Apostle Paul himself during his miraculous conversion.
The proof lies not only in biblical accounts but also in historical accounts. Christian historical accounts of Flavius Josephus, Cornelius Tacitus, Lucian of Samosata, Maimonides and even the Jewish Sanhedrin corroborate the early Christian eyewitness accounts of important historical aspects of the death of Jesus Christ. The apostles and many other Christians were persecuted and killed during the early church, some of whom undoubtedly were witnesses to the resurrected Christ. This is compelling evidence to me that these folks were willing to die for something they knew to be fact.
The most precious proof to me is the change that took place in my life when I asked Christ to forgive me of my sins. A change took place in my life. I know that He is real! Job said, "I know that my Redeemer liveth." Job knew this from personal experience. I think of the chorus of the hymn "He Lives" - "He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart. You ask me how I know He lives ... He lives within my heart!" Praise God!
With the biblical, historical, traditional and personal attestations giving us infallible proof of His resurrection, we can now focus on what it equates to - hope. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines hope as: to desire with expectation of obtainment, to expect with confidence, trust. Without Christ there is no hope, but with Christ the Word of God says that we have a "lively hope." That lively hope is for the present and the future.
Life is filled with many challenges and hurdles. We have hope that, if we have put our trust in Christ, He will be with us every step that we take in life. Some things in life are hard to deal with or overcome (i.e. illnesses, finances, time constraints, family stressors, etc.) Jesus, in His resurrected state, said in Matthew 28:18, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." This power is meant to give us strength to endure the hardships of life. Jesus is a living, personal Savior who can give us peace in the time of trouble and direction in a time of chaos.
Death is an event that we all must face someday. The great news and the hope we have if we know Christ as our personal savior is that when death comes, we do not have to fear it. Why? My friend, because Jesus has overcome death. Death could not hold Him and the grave could not keep Him. The stone was rolled away, the tomb is empty. Praise God! Revelations 1:18 tells us that "Christ has the keys to death." One day my eyes will close in death to this world but will open up to a better place, heaven."
Heaven is our greatest hope. Jesus has prepared the way for us to get to heaven through His sacrifice on the cross, but He is also preparing all of those who will call upon His name a place to live forever.
Heaven is a perfect place! No pain, no sickness, no sadness, no sin, no parting. Think about it, won't it be great! A city where "Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for those who love Him" Praise God!
In closing, won't you put your trust in Christ today, so that you may have this blessed hope as well?