Throughout my now over the limit life, (three score and eleven) I have attempted to simplify complicated things and ideas, faith in Christ being among them. That’s one reason I like a brief statement by Timothy Keller on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead:
“If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that He said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what He said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like His teaching but whether or not He rose from the dead.” The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism.
If Christ is not risen, in His body, as He stated in numerous post resurrection appearances, then the disciples fibbed, the writers are charlatans and as one said, “We are of all men most miserable.”
Christians who pause and ponder for a mere moment or a lifetime are faced with the truth set in stone that if Christ is not risen, very little else about our faith makes any sense at all. The most unreasonable, outrageous and supernatural event, Christ raised from the dead, is the lynchpin that makes all the other “stuff” of our faith sensible.
1 Corinthians 15:21, “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
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