Sunday, April 4, 2010

No "If"s About It

There is either an empty tomb,
or an empty faith.
Dr. David Jeremiah

... if Christ is preached, that He
has been raised from the dead,
how do some among you say that
there is no resurrection of the dead?

But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.

And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.

Yes, and we are found false witnesses
of God, because we have testified
of God that He raised up Christ,
whom He did not raise up—
if in fact the dead do not rise.

For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!

Then also those who have fallen
asleep in Christ have perished.

If in this life only
we have hope in Christ,
we are of all men the most pitiable.

But now Christ is risen from the dead ...

For since by man came death,
by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:12-21

It is an essential Christian doctrine: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It stands powerfully, front & center, as evidence of Christianity's unique, singular Truth claim: Christ alone is the Way, the Truth and the Life - because Christ alone has power over death & the grave!

If it didn't happen, everything (not just some, but EVERYTHING) written in the span of 4,000 years and collected in the pages of Holy Writ is no different than any other religious thought. Worse, it's a batch of cleverly devised fables.

Thank God there's power and proof behind every word penned! The pivotal victory wrought at the grave is demonstrated for all time in an empty tomb.

It is finished. He is alive.

...these are written that
you may believe
that Jesus
is the Christ,

the Son of God,

and that by believing
you may have life in his name.
John 20:30


Debbie said...

Amen to all you've written and quoted today!

He is risen indeed!

Happy Easter my friend ...

Love you,

RCUBEs said...

Where would we be if His resurrection didn't happen? Everything would be meaningless. Thank you for sharing the TRUTH! Happy Resurrection day sister and may God bless you and your family abundantly!

LisaShaw said...

Hallelujah!!! It is finished and YES indeed He is alive and because He lives we who believe in Him are alive in Him.

My soul rejoices in Jesus and tears pour filled of love and appreciation.

Thank you for sharing with us today Kathleen and blessings to you and your family this special day.

Tammy@If Meadows Speak... said...

He's alive! And there's no bone about that. I loved this Kathleen, especially all how you started it out with those scriptures. Powerful.

AnooCre8ion said...

This is so beautiful!! Thank you for showing us the evidence from the word that Jesus Christ is indeed risen and alive.

Have a blessed Resurrection Day.

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...


Loren said...

Amen Kathleen! IT IS FINISHED!!!

Praise HIM and HIS Word.....HE is Risen

Bless you my friend on this Resurrection Day!!

Rita said...

Oh, He is alive and thank God for that. Because He lives, we have a future! Hope you had a Happy Easter!

~jill said...

He is risen indeed!

Our pastor challenged us to be as excited and rejoiceful for every day as we are for Easter Sunday. As he was closing the sermon, he simply said " guys do know that we can celebrate the fact that Jesus is risen every day?"