THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Dr. Simon Greenleaf (a very famous Harvard University professor of Law) proclaimed:
"According to the laws of legal evidence used in courts of law, there is more evidence for the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ than for just about any other event in history."
"To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:"
1 Cor 15:20-21
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
Why does it matter that Christ is "...risen from the dead?"
Because "...if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins."
(1 Cor 15:17)
By the resurrection, Jesus is declared DIVINE!
"...declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:" (Rom. 1:4)
By the resurrection, Jesus is SOVEREIGN over life & death!
"For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living." (Rom. 14:9)
By the resurrection, Jesus gives man JUSTIFICATION!
"Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification." (Rom. 4:25)
By the resurrection, Jesus gives man power to live holy!
"But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you." (Rom. 8:11)
Real life rests in Christ.
When He dwells in us, we have REAL LIFE!
What wonderful hope comes from the exclamation:
"...now is Christ RISEN from the dead!"
Let every man and woman count himself immortal. Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let him say not merely, "Christ is risen," but "I shall rise.?"
- Phillips Brooks