The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
During the early 1920's, a Communist leader named Nikolai Bukharin was sent from Moscow to Kiev to address an anti-God rally. For an hour, he abused and ridiculed the Christian faith until it seemed as if the whole structure of belief was in ruins. Then questions were invited. An Orthodox Church priest rose and asked to speak. He turned, faced the people, and gave the Easter greeting, "He is risen!" Instantly the assembly rose to its feet and the reply came back loud and clear, "He is risen indeed!"
Of all the “great religions” of the world, Christianity is the only faith that stands on the shoulders of a risen Savior. When Jesus Christ rose from the grave 3 days following his crucifixion on a cruel Roman cross he accomplished something no other god or religious leader ever did. Most religions are based on myths or philosophical teaching.
I have a Buddhist friend who sent his children to a private Christian school for most of their education prior to college. I asked him why he, being Buddhist, would do such a thing. His response was that all religions teach the same thing about being good. The trouble for him was that Christianity isn’t based on “being good.” Christianity teaches that everyone is bad (a sinner condemned by God), but God has sent his only Son to die for those sins so that they can be forgiven. It is also about the power of a living God who raised that Son Jesus from the grave to live again. And everyone who believes on him can have that eternal life by his power.
Without God no such event could have happened. In the New Testament Jesus was seen resurrected on at least 11 occasions and over 500 people witnessing him as alive on one of those occasions.
When Jesus rose from the grave he refuted Satan and Satan’s power. When the risen Savior lives in the life of a regenerated follower of Christ the argument for God’s existence is won.
In that great old hymn, “He Lives” the last part of the chorus says it all,
“You ask me how I know He lives; He lives within my heart.”
This Sunday is Resurrection Sunday, or popularly known as Easter. We celebrate our risen Savior on that day. However, to the born-again Christ follower, the Resurrection should be celebrated every day. Without the resurrection of Christ, we would have no hope. But, because Jesus rose from the grave, we are overjoyed with victory because we have everything.
This Sunday we will celebrate Christ’s resurrection with a worship service dedicated to his glorious event. We will sing songs of praise, share in the Lord’s Supper, read Scripture concerning his resurrection and bring a message from God’s Word titled The Glorified Servant from Philippians 2:5-11. I hope you will join us and bring friends, family members, neighbors, coworkers, classmates and others to share in this Celebration of God’s Glory and our eternal life in Him.
He is risen indeed!