From the Pulpit: Why we believe in the Resurrection

“The Resurrection is the central theme in every Christian sermon reported in the ActsThe first fact in the history of Christendom is a number of people who say that they have seen the Resurrection.” C.S. Lewis.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live,” John 11:25 NKJV.

This is the greatest promise of the scriptures: the promise of eternal life. Even though it is appointed for men to die once, here is the certainty of the resurrection. Think about that. These mortal bodies will one day be made anew; the sickness, disease and injuries that they have been subject to will be eternally healed. These earthly bodies will be made eternal and perfect. I do not know what they will be like, but I do know that they will be without blemish; they will be perfect and eternal. Therefore, what have we to fear? Where is the dread of death? These things are swallowed up in the victory of the cross of Calvary. We are now more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Just think; to acquire these promises all we have to do is believe, trust and obey the Lord Christ Jesus. Herein is the definition of faith.

“Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power,” Revelation 20:6.

We are immortal. We will live forever somewhere. Where, depends on our having a part in the first resurrection. I do not know how or when these things will take place, but one thing I do know, they will take place. From the gathering of the church to the millennial reign on earth and from the final judgment to our eternal assignments, the Word of God holds true. “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless,” 2 Peter 3:14. Are you looking forward to these things or do these things cause you alarm and apprehension? I have seen and found that the more we focus on the things of this world, the more apt we are to dread Christ’s coming. Those who are, “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,” Titus 2:13, these are the happiest people on the face of the earth. How about you?

Christ Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Do you believe in Him? Do you?

Jesus Has Risen!

(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)