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Thursday Thoughts: The Risen Christ

July 21, 2011 by  
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“The Resurrection of Christ was the truth of all truths among the early believers.

It was not the day of His death they made their Sabbath, but the first day of the week—the day when the sadness of the weeping women at the sepulcher was turned into gladness: and their watchword at meeting (the word of joy and welcome) was not ‘The Lord has died,’ but ‘The Lord has risen.’

It was with them a day of praise, more than for confession; for psalms of thanksgiving, more than for penitential tears. Conscious that a new and nobler Genesis had dawned on a darkened world, they sung in responsive melody, ‘This is the day which the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.’”

—John MacDuff, “A Risen Christ”

Our daily lives are a flurry of activity.  I know mine is.  Dealing with family needs, working my job, even typing this article all take time and energy.  Bills need to be paid, the kids need to get to school, do their homework and make their dentist appointments, I need to meet that business deadline.    Each day is different but strikingly the same.  It’s reality.

In the midst of my own reality it’s easy to forget that reality for those women outside Jerusalem over 2000 years ago was that their friend and teacher, Jesus of Nazareth was not in the tomb where they laid him.   He was alive.

Just imagine you went to visit the cemetery to pay respects to a loved one you lost to cancer or heart disease or some tragic accident.  Imagine the gravestone was overturned and the earth was removed from the grave – an empty casket lay below.  Imagine that loved one came walking across the cemetery grass like they had never been gone.  Just thinking about it makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck.

The reality of the resurrection of Jesus is what sets Christianity apart from every other religion.  It is what defines the Christian faith and gives veracity to the scriptures themselves.  Without the reality of the resurrection the stories of Adam and Eve, Moses, Noah, Abraham, David and Goliath, etc are all reduced to mere fables – just as the skeptics claim.

14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. I Cor. 15:14

Is the resurrection real to you today?  Think about your own personal realities, and in the process of doing so revisit your faith in the reality of the risen Christ.

 

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