The keystone of Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus Christ! Christianity, the New Testament, and all the claims of Jesus Christ crumbles without the resurrection. Followers of Christ are hopeless and deceived if the resurrection of Christ did not happen. Based on the essential nature of Christ’s resurrection, how do we know for certain it took place?
Since many scholarly books have been written addressing the resurrection, my brief thoughts here are simple and applicable. Dr. Luke, an excellent historian, states that Jesus presented Himself to his followers after his death and before his ascension. The fact that most of those very followers were still alive when Luke penned Acts brings tremendous weight to this linchpin testimony. If Christ’s resurrection had not happened, his followers would have stood against such scandalous claims of seeing him alive. Some claim they were all under a group hypnosis; however, leaders in this field deny the reality of group hypnotic delusions. Those who point to the Jonestown mass suicide must rewrite history because most of the people did not know they were drinking poison and those who sought to escape during the forced “kool-aid” event were shot.
In addition, the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth that the resurrected Christ appeared to more than 500 men and women. He wrote, “most of whom are still living.” Quite a claim that would have easily and quickly been exposed by the many enemies of Christianity.
The bodily resurrection of Christ demonstrates the future bodily resurrection of all followers of Jesus Christ. Since that is true, how does that impact the way you will live today? What does that say about how we should care for our temporal bodies (evidently God places a priority on the body)? No other religion in existence today has a founder who claims to be alive today – after his death! Why not? Because if it is untrue, it is so quickly and easily debunked.
Jesus is alive today. The second member of the Trinity is in a glorified, physical body that has the scars of the crucifixion. He is worthy of our worship and total devotion.
“To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.” Acts 1:3