He is Risen!

The Christian faith rests on three truths:  1) the birth of a baby Who was Divine (Jesus),  2)  the death of Jesus dying on a cross to atone for our sins, and 3)  the resurrection of Jesus (raised from the grave by the Father).  Without any of these three “legs” (like three legs of a stool) our faith falls to nothing.  Paul fully understood that, and thus he wrote:  “ And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.  If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins”.  (parts of 1 Corinthians 15:12-20)

Through the years there have been attempts by non-believers to disprove the validity of one or all of these three truths.  One such person was Dr. Frank Morrison, a successful and seasoned attorney.  Morrison was reared in a rationalistic environment. He had been taught to question everything and reach a logical conclusion. He came to the opinion that the resurrection was nothing but a fairy tale with a happy ending. He felt that he owed it to himself and others to write a book that would present the truth about Jesus and dispel the mythical story of the resurrection.


But, upon studying the facts, he came to a different conclusion. The sheer weight of evidence compelled him to conclude Jesus was actually raised from the dead. So, Morrison wrote his book, but not the one he had planned. It was titled Who Moved the Stone?

With Paul, this Easter we once again celebrate this incredible truth:   ”Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

The great missionary and Indian statesman, E. Stanley Jones said:  “The resurrection means that the worst has been met and has been conquered. No wonder the Christian in the midst of the decaying order is no pessimist. He has solid grounds for his optimism. He has got hold of unconquered and unconquerable life!“ 

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