by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

What Is Christmas without the Resurrection?
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
1 Corinthians 15:1-4

A primary problem facing scientists and engineers around the world during the ''space race'' of the late 1950s and early 1960s centered on getting the space-traveler back through the earth's atmosphere alive. Once the problem of getting the spacecraft and occupants safely out of the atmosphere was solved, the issue of getting them back in posed a real obstacle - one that took many years to overcome. God's problem (or more correctly, God's mission) when He sent His Son to this earth was the very opposite. He was working from the other side of the atmosphere. He sent Jesus from the spacious firmament on high down to this world of woe below, and His problem was how to bring Him back. How to dispatch His Son out of the ivory palaces, down to a rugged cross to die, and then to bring Him back alive from the garden tomb and to His right hand was God's so-called problem.

But, friends, God solved the problem. And today, we can say with confidence, But now is Christ risen from the dead.... (1 Corinthians 15:20) He did it! He came out of heaven's glory and down to this earth, went through the doorway of death and then came back to life - back to the Father's right hand. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)

The death and then the resurrection of Christ are the two pillars on which the arch of the gospel rests. In fact, the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is the crowning fact of our gospel; it is the hinge on which the door of salvation swings; it is the fulcrum on which is placed the lever of redemption that can lift man from sin and death. One of the gnomic poets of the Greeks said, ''If I had a place to put a fulcrum and a lever long enough, I could raise this earth.'' May I say to you, raising the earth ...

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