History’s Greatest Moment

Seeing the stone was rolled away and they looked up to find an angel dressed in a long white robe saying… “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But quickly now go tell His disciples – and Peter – that He is going before you into Galilee, there you will see Him, just as He said.” (Mk. 16:4-7)

Celebrating Easter is like embracing the greatest moment in history every year! Its rich with meaning and becomes for the Christian Believer, the culmination of all that we hold so dear. Its the motivation for our passionate faith and the proof that God’s supernatural love is more powerful than the grave.

The Eyewitnesses:

Perhaps the most important testimony is the one that sees first hand the evidence of an event like the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In fact, its the Apostle Paul who communicates the best list of those who saw Jesus after He was crucified (1 Cor. 15:1-8). He lists Peter and the disciples and over 500 others at one time in a gathering, as well as James and Himself, “as one born out of due time”. The point is clear, Jesus had the facts that proved He had been raised from the dead. But, what does it prove?

5 Undeniable Realities Proven by the Resurrection:

1) The Truthfulness of Scripture: (Acts 2:22-37) Prophetically the Bible is fulfilled when the events it communicates emerge as factual reality… history! The resurrection was a huge piece of the Messianic puzzle. Isaiah, David and even Abraham gave us prophetic pictures and visions of this event. It once again tells us of the reliability of our Scriptures. They are God breathed and useful for our instruction in righteousness, “So that the man of God may be complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work”  (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

2) The Validity of Jesus: (Rom. 1:4-5)Declared to be the Son of God and affirmed by the holy life He lived… yet the Apostle Paul tells us that it was the resurrection that put the stamp of validity upon all that was said about Him. The testimony that spoke the loudest in the aftermath of Jesus’ curcifixion was the power of tranformed lives, a power that raised Jesus from the dead and would forever be available to the believer (Eph. 1:19-20).

3) The Assurance of Forgiveness: (1 Cor. 15:17)John the Baptist made the powerful declaration of Jesus being the Lamb who would take away the sin of the world and without the resurrection this claim would become a hope rather than an accomplished reality. Sin itself is a gripping reality that is made effective by Satan’s rulership over man, but in Christ the curse of sin is broken and all men are given access to the free gift of forgiveness. Praise God, for the power of this moment in history, for without it we would have no assurance, but because of it faith is given its strength to overcome sin and the grip it has on our lives (Rom. 5:17).

4) The Stability of the Kingdom of God: (Rev. 1:17-18) The frailty of this world’s religions is that they have leaders who remain in the grave to this day. But, the King of Glory is alive and well, ruling and reigning in righteousness, seated at the right hand of the Father and making intercession for the saints on God’s behalf. At the death of Christ, there was no loss of authority! In fact, Jesus told His disciples that He was about to break the power of darkness by crushing the headship of the devil once and for all. He said, “I will build My Church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it… I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth would be loosed in heaven” (Mt. 16:18-19). God’s Kingdom has a Victorious King, triumphant over death, hell and the grave.

5) The Miracle of Eternal Life: (Jn. 17:3)To know God as the only True God and His Son as our Savior offers us the indescribable joy of eternal life, abundant and full. The miracle is in the fact that death is swallowed up in the victory that Christ has been raised from the dead (1 Cor. 15:54-57). We have a habitation awaiting us in heaven and at the believer’s death, Christ will receive our lives as His purchased possession (2 Cor. 5:1-8). Jesus told us to trust in Him, that He was going to the cross to prepare a place for us, that where He is we would also be (Jn. 14:1-4). Eternal life is life with the Father, in fellowship and in the glorious splendor of perfect love.

No question, this is why the resurrection is history’s greatest moment!

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