Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

A Word for Today

The resurrection of Jesus justifies our faith in God.

He’s Alive, pt. 1

Luke 24:1  Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher…

Why meditate on the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Because…

God specializes in bringing the dead to life.

Jesus was dead – no heartbeat, no breath, no brainwaves, no metabolism, no talking, walking, blinking, feeling, or thinking.  For Jesus, all that had completely left this world.  But it all came back to the very same Jesus body in a glorious new way.  He would never die again, never wear out, and never grow older. In a remade flesh and blood, He would ascend through the clouds to His throne in heaven where He sits to this day. Jesus is alive!

I Corinthians 15:20 says, But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. In Christ, all believers have the assurance that they, too, will be raised as was God’s Christ. Jesus was the first (or firstfruits) of many more resurrections to come.

I think it is interesting that Jesus’ resurrection is the only day in the life of Jesus that we can historically pinpoint in our calendar year.  Resurrection Sunday always falls on the Sunday after the end of the Jewish Holiday of Passover.  (Due to a historical quirk there is sometimes a mismatch in the Jewish and Christian methods for determining the Easter Sunday, but I won’t take the time to explain here.)

Right before His crucifixion Jesus celebrated a Passover meal with His disciples.  Then He died for our sins at the end of Passover week.  The day we can all agree on is Resurrection Sunday.  Jesus rose from the grave early on the Sunday after Passover, as it says in Luke 24:1. The Bible is crystal clear about it. Even though most of the early Christians were Jews who had known Sabbath Saturdays as the day they weekly set aside for the Lord, Sunday — Resurrection Day — became “The Lord’s Day” for Christians (see Revelation 1:10).

I think there is a point to our knowing the precise day of Christ’s resurrection. It means that our faith does not rest on a religious creed or a traditional “statement of faith.” We do not have “blind faith” in Jesus. Rather, our faith rests on the real person Jesus and something that happened to that person on a real day. Our faith rests on the precise record of the greatest single event in all of history.