“Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen.” (Luke 24:5-6)
People often take for granted what is most valuable and needful for them. Be it our health our families, and even living in this ‘lucky country,’ often can become so familiar to us, that we take such blessings for granted. This lopsided view of life results in an over focusing on selfish agendas that distort the true value and blessings of life as God intended.
This can be how Christians value and treat the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is so easy to get carried away with all the peripherals of Christianity, that it’s main tenant - the resurrection, gets sidelined by our over enthusiasm for areas of lesser importance. This does not mean that all the doctrines outside the resurrection of Jesus Christ are so peripheral they are not vitally important. But what it does men, is that as believers, we must forever undergird, overlay and surround all the Scripture teaches with this one encompassing truth - Jesus Christ, the Saviour of sinners arose from the dead and is alive for evermore!
Why should we do that? Because, without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our faith is in vain. (1Cor. 15:17) In other words, all His other miracles were truly marvellous, but all fall short of what his bodily resurrection does and proves.
Henry Morris says it correctly: The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity. If the resurrection did not take place, then Christianity is a false religion. If it did take place, then Christ is God and the Christian faith is absolute truth. [Grace quotes]
May it be, today and forever more, we rejoice in the resurrected One who says from heaven, “I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold I am alive forever more...” (Rev. 1:17-18). He is risen indeed!