“Our Living and Returning Savior Part 1” 11/14/2015 By Wally Fry

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Our Living and Returning Savior Part 1

By Wally Fry on November 11, 2015 • ( 6 ) Posted on https://thei535project.wordpress.com

Original post @ https://truthinpalmyra.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/our-living-and-returning-savior-part-1/

Seen on a Church Sign

return of jesus

As readers know, I drive around a lot. Because I drive around a lot I see many, many church signs. Some of them really get me to thinking; usually when I think, eventually I write. What we are about to begin is a short (maybe) series on thoughts I have had in relation to this particular sign. Honestly, I am not really sure exactly where we will go on this trip, but I hope it is a fun and educational one!

What do I believe? I believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints 

Matthew 28:1-7  In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

Acts 1:9-11  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Does the Resurrection really matter that much?

As with many other core doctrines of Historical Orthodox Christianity, the Doctrine of the Resurrection is under assault from many quarters. Obviously, atheists and humanists discount the account of the Resurrection just like they discount all other Biblical accounts of anything. We are not surprised by their disbelief at all, as it makes perfect sense from their worldview. Surprisingly, and more disturbingly, is the assault on the account of the Resurrection coming from supposedly “Christian” denominations and scholars. Sadly, even among the so called Christian Church, the Resurrection is dismissed as not historically accurate, or as simply not key or important to core doctrines.

Can the account of the Resurrection be dismissed or even watered down while still maintaining the core of true Christian belief? The answer is a resounding NO! As with other key doctrines, such as the Creation and the Divinity of Jesus, the Resurrection is one of the hinges upon which all true Christian belief swings. Throw it away or dilute in in any substantial form, and the entire Biblical record might as well be tossed aside as well.

Let’s take a look at what a couple of different people, from widely different world views had to say about the importance of the resurrection of Jesus.

Pastor John McArthur said the following in one of his sermons.

“If you remove the resurrection of Jesus Christ from Christianity, you don’t have Christianity. You literally take the heart out of it”

But even notable non believers recognize the importance of the resurrection of Jesus to the Christian Faith. Christopher HItchens had the following to say in his book, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything”

“I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that He rose again from the dead and by His sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.”

Finally, the Apostle Paul had the following to say about the importance of the resurrection. Remembering that we believe Scripture to be inspired by God through the Holy Spirit, this equates to God Himself telling us it is important:

1 Corinthians 15:17-19 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable

So, how important is the resurrection of Jesus Christ? I would say two things. One, it is the most important event to have occurred in the history of the world. Two, if there is no resurrection, then there is no Christian Faith.

Next: Why the nature of the resurrection matters.

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One Response to “Our Living and Returning Savior Part 1” 11/14/2015 By Wally Fry

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Thanks for sharing this Bruce!

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