Jesus is alive! What does that mean? To say Jesus is alive is a powerful statement. It forces you to believe or deny. Either He rose from the dead and is God or He’s dead and it’s done. It’s not easy to accept an all or nothing approach sometimes. This post isn’t meant to offend those who want to believe something they feel makes more sense. I’m providing information based on scripture. Information based on claims made by Jesus Himself.
Every year when #Easter rolls around we celebrate the Resurrection. No deep theological words or cliches are needed to express what Christians believe. Jesus was crucified. He died and came back to life three days later. You can’t be a Christian and believe otherwise. If you are not a Christian Jesus doesn’t give you the option to accept part of the gospel. You must accept His claim all or none. C.S. Lewis said it this way.
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
Some call this a false dilemma. The bible supports Lewis.
1 Corinthians 15:12-1912 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile andyou are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope[b] in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
Let me remind you Christian that the same power that conquered the grave lives in you. The power of Christ dwells within you. Nothing on earth can change that.
My prayer for you this Easter is that you accept that. I pray you believe it. I pray your life is saturated with His love today and you find new passion and purpose in life because of it.