Credibility of Christ

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Pastor Bill Meadows

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“But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee” (Mathew 26:32). The empty tomb conclusively established the credibility of our Lord Jesus and His teaching. Throughout His ministry, our Lord was challenged to prove Himself to His skeptics.

“Then certain of scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee” (Mathew 12:38).Many signs and wonders had been accomplished by Jesus, but His opponents persisted in their unbelief. At last, Jesus refused to grant further signs other than one final demonstration of His power, that of His resurrection from the grave, “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Mathew 12:40).

When our Lord arose from the dead, it was His last sign to Israel as to His divine power and authority. His resurrection was the dominant theme of apostolic preaching. “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:22). The Jews demand signs.

This had been their incessant demand during Jesus ministry: nor would they be content with any sign sort of a sign from heaven. When our Lord arose from the dead, it was His last sign to Israel as to His divine power and authority. His resurrection was the dominant theme of apostolic preaching.

The resurrection went beyond attesting to the integrity of Jesus in assuring men of His identity as the Son of God. “And declared to be the son of god with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4). Jesus is the center of the Gospel message. Paul identified Him as a man, a Jew, and the son of God.

He was born of a virgin into the family of David, which gave Him the right to David’s throne. He died for the sins of the world, and then was raised from the dead. It is this miraculous event of a substitution death and victorious resurrection that constitutes the Gospel: and it was this Gospel that Paul preached. The resurrection was God’s way of publicly overruling the verdict of the Sanhedrin and testifying that Jesus was, indeed, the Son of God, even as He claimed.

The resurrection demonstrated our Lord’s ability to save. “Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:25). Throughout His earthly life and ministry, He spoke of Himself as the One Who had come “ to seek and to save that which was lost.” Each one of us was on the road to Hell. Our faith is in Jesus who died for us and rose again.

The cross demonstrates the love of our Lord and His willingness to save men, the empty tomb reveals the power of our Lord and His ability to save. If you believe this you are on the road to heaven. His righteousness is given to those who believe, “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all them that believe: for there is no difference” (Romans 3:22).

The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ has much to say to the unbeliever. It demands that the claims of One Who cannot be held captive by death must be taken seriously. Have you carefully considered the claims of this Jesus Who still lives beyond His crucifixion. That my God, can you say the same about the god you serve? Also the resurrection of Christ is a warning to those who die apart from a saving faith in the work of the Savior.

Some people today welcome death as the only viable solution to a world of pain, frustration and seeming futility. Let me give you a good remind that the resurrection of Jesus from the dead means that death does not end it all for the unsaved. Paul tells us this in 1 Corinthians 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

“The sad thing is that those who have not come to faith in Christ must spend an eternity apart from Him in judgment. Death is not the end it is just the beginning,“ And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

Those are strong words? Do you believe?

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