The Impact of the Resurrection
Matthew 28:1-10 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, ''Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.'' 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, ''Greetings!'' And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, ''Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.''
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the essential tenant of our faith! If this is not true, then our faith is untrue! If he did not rise, then there is no eternal life, and death is ultimately forever!
It also means that the Church and Christianity are then nothing but a strategic spiritual scam that has been perpetrated on an emotionally naive society for over 2000 years.
Paul's chapter on the Resurrection in First Corinthians 15 reminds us of this truth. If there be no resurrection of Christ, then faith, preaching, singing, witnessing, worship, service, commitment, and salvation is vain. We are false witnesses with a faulty faith and a fake relationship with our Lord and Savior.
But more than that, God is just an illusion, and the Son of God was a well-scripted concept that has no validity, an ...
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