Rise Up

The resurrection is doubted and questioned by many, but believed by millions and by people all throughout history and around the world.

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But how do we know it is true?

Professor Charlie Moule, the famous New Testament theologian offers one of the most sound pieces of historical evidence:

“The birth and rapid rise of the Christian Church… remains an unsolved enigma for any historian who refuses to take seriously the one and only possible explanation to be offered ….. the resurrection.”

The truth of the Resurrection ignited the early Church.

It changed history. The mighty nation that tried so desperately to stamp out this movement of Jesus was won over by it.

How did a rag-tag group of Jesus followers with no political clout, worldly influence or military show of strength and very little social/economic leverage outwit, outlast and outplay the mighty Rome? – if not for the favor, grace and power of the resurrected Christ. There just simply doesn’t exist another logical or historical explanation.

Hear these words from the Apostles Creed:

“I believe ……in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord who was Conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried He descended into Hell; The third day he rose again from the dead.”

We know how the Apostle Paul felt about the resurrection…

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures that he was buried that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. (1 Cor. 15:3-8).

“..if Christ has not been raised from the dead, your faith is futile” (I Cor. 15: 17)

Our hope is built on nothing less…

Faith in the resurrection is possible and most probable.

It’s this promise that eternally fuels our faith. It moves God’s movement forward through every twist and turn in history and across every continent. It’s confirmed again and anew within every human heart that is ignited by this truth and saved by His grace and refueled by His hope.

So what do we do now?

Paul continues:

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. -1 Cor. 15:58

We are people of the cross, but most importantly, people of the empty tomb and the Risen Savior.

Father, may (WE) your Church Rise Up to highlight your hope & express your love in the same power that raised your Son.

Happy Easter.

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