If there was one thing that your life depended upon, what that would be?
Would it be family, employment, a special friendship, possessions, a morning coffee?
For the Christian the one thing that we could not live without is the person and work of our Saviour. If Jesus isn’t who He claimed to be – the eternal Son of God, and if He didn’t achieve what He claimed to achieve – atonement for our sins, then life would not be worth living.
The Christian faith is an historic faith. It is based upon actual events which took place in a particular historic place at an actual time. The truth of the Christian faith is therefore dependent upon whether those historic claims stack up or not.
The central claims of the Christian faith relate to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul declared: Now I would remind you… of the gospel I preached to you… and by which you are being saved … Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve, 1 Corinthians 15:1-5.
Paul’s declaration of the truth of the Gospel is based upon the verifiability of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Luke 24 tells of the women going to the tomb and not finding Jesus body, the two on the road to Emmaus recognising Jesus as He broke bread, and Jesus meeting with the disciples in the upper room. All of these taken together demonstrate that Jesus was raised from the dead physically and is alive today.
What if Jesus’ bones lie somewhere in Palestine? The apostle Paul answered that question: And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins, 1 Corinthians 15:17.
We can never meddle with the truth of Scripture and maintain a living and real faith.
If Christ is raised from the dead let us rejoice that we have a living Saviour today. Let us serve Him with all our lives.