Of First Importance. (or, an introduction to the resurrected Lord, part 1.)

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is an event which demands your attention.

The resurrection distinguishes Christianity from other religions in this way: It is a falsifiable truth claim. The truth and value of Christianity hinge on the truth of the resurrection. Christ’s resurrection is His vindication: If He is raised then His message of repentance and the forgiveness of sins — indeed, His message that you and I are sinners desperately in need of a savior! — is all true. If Christ has been raised from the dead, it seems that there is nothing else in life that is worthy of consideration.

If Christ has not been raised, however, then those who place their faith in Him do so in vain, and are more pitiful than anyone else on the planet (1 Cor. 15:14-19). That’s a strong statement: The only value that Christianity has to offer is a crucified and risen savior.

This post is the first in a series where I will be exploring the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I’ll be following roughly the same format that Paul uses in 1 Corinthians 15:

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

There it is: Christ died, was buried, was raised, and appeared. That’s the layout. Over this series of posts, as we prepare for Resurrection Sunday, I pray that God stirs up faith in your heart.

Think about the implications of the resurrection for a moment. If Christ was truly raised from the dead, how does that affect you today? I’d love to hear from you! Please comment below with your thoughts.

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6 responses to “Of First Importance. (or, an introduction to the resurrected Lord, part 1.)

  1. Last week I had the opportunity to go the Florida College Lectures . This years topic was “He was raised and appeared”… dude it was incredible! One of the more striking presentations was from Marty Pickup , a local preacher in the Tampa area .. His topic was the “Significance of the Third Day” and why that would have been so important to the Jewish audience during that time… it was packed full of evidences from the Jewish culture alone, and it was AWESOME!.. You may be able to find copies of the manuscripts from all the lectures as well as audio cd’s at Florida college’s website.. Needless to say – I am FIRED up about this topic at the moment… I preached it this ;last Sunday… Awesome post homie..

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    • I always like to spend Lent enjoying the resurrection. I’ll definitely keep an we out for those lectures! Sounds like a great resource. Thanks for the heads up!

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  2. “If Christ has not been raised, however, then those who place their faith in Him do so in vain, and are more pitiful than anyone else on the planet (1 Cor. 15:14-19). That’s a strong statement: The only value that Christianity has to offer is a crucified and risen savior.”

    I completely agree that it’s all about the risen savior. The resurrection of Christ was necessary for so many reasons.
    Even if what I believe wasn’t true the fruitfulness of what it’s produced in my life has been so beneficial to my soul that even at the end of the day if I were to find out it wasn’t true (which I won’t find out because it is true) I am still willing to boast in it. Especially compared to many people I used to hang out with and who are in my age range who only hang out at bars and live for that next earthly pleasure.

    There’s no real purpose behind my comment and it probably doesn’t make much sense, It’s late, lol. It’s just something I thought about while reading this.
    Anyways, looking forward to the next in the series! I’m excited about this 🙂

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    • But if what you believe isn’t true, regardless of how beneficial to your soul you may feel it has been, it’s not beneficial to your eternal salvation, and therefore your soul will perish. Think of the Buddhist or Mormon who says the same thing, and you will see issue with this way of thinking. The only way that Christ can benefit your soul is if He has risen!

      I’m very glad to have you reading along! Thanks for the feedback!

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      • I have no doubt that it is true. That’s why my comment was somewhat useless, it’s hypothetical.
        I was half expecting you to ask me if I really think I would still have that fruitfulness being produced in my life if Christ had indeed not risen. Which would probably be a no. 😉

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