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Christ Is Not Risen: The World’s Saddest Words

By Greg Dixon
Many years ago on Easter Sunday morning, a liberal preacher announced in an article on the front page of the Indianapolis Star, that if they should find the bones of Jesus in a tomb outside the city walls of Jerusalem, it would not destroy his faith. That morning from my pulpit, I told my congregation in no uncertain terms, that if that happened and it could be verified with certainty that they were the bones of Jesus, that it would not only destroy my faith – I would have no faith at all, and I would resign from the church and leave the Christian ministry post haste.
The reason is very simple: the bodily, physical resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is the very foundation that the Christian faith rests upon, and without a risen Lord, Christianity vanishes as a viable religion like cotton candy at a circus on a summer’s day.  It is the resurrection that sets Christianity apart from all of the other religions of the world.  In fact, beside Christianity, all other religions are mere isms, asms and spasms.
Paul, the great Apostle to the Gentiles, dealt with this issue in his Epistle to the Corinthians in the fifteenth chapter when he said, And if Christ be not risen and then gave four tragic things that would take place in the lives of every Christian believer if He was not risen.
The first thing Paul mentioned was the fact that “our preaching” would be vain or empty.  All sermons that are not premised on a living Christ would be of no value.  All Christian work would be a total waste of time, money and effort. 
Next he said that “we,” speaking of the Apostles of Christ, would be false witnesses of God because “we” testified that God had raised Christ from the dead.  Every one of the Apostles claimed that they had seen Christ after his resurrection, talked to him and even handled him.  Paul claimed to have seen, heard and talked to Him on the Damascus Road.  So if Christ isn’t risen, we must debunk the four Gospels, the thirteen epistles of Paul and the other books that Peter, James and John wrote, including the Book of Revelation.  Therefore the veracity of the entire Bible rests on the resurrection.
Then he said, “Your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.”  Many of you reading this column have received Christ as your Savior and are trusting in His shed blood on Calvary’s cross to forgive and cleanse your sin.  But if He is not risen for our Justification, then you are yet in your sin, according to the Apostle.
Lastly - “They that are also fallen asleep in Christ are perished.”  Many of you have buried loved ones and have known that peace in realizing that you will see them again because they died in the Lord, but if Christ is still in the grave you will never see them again.
No wonder Paul said, If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  No more miserable people on the face of the earth than those who claim to know Christ if our Saviour and Captain is still in the grave and will never come out. 
But if He did rise after three days and three nights and ascend into the heavens after forty days, then we can also believe Paul when he wrote to the church in Thessalonica, But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
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Comment by Rocky Frisco
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Your opinion is what I expect from "Christians," since I have never yet met one of you who has actually had the experience of being born again. Your religion is based on the agreement of your fellow religionists and not on the transformation your Lord recommended. If you took His advice and experienced the rebirth in Christ that results, you would not need anything in the "material world" to maintain your "faith." Being born again is not belief in a book or a story, it's not a religious conversion or membership in any organization. Humans who have been born again will not murder millions of other people or keep humans as slaves or practice genocide against them. Christians will do these things, have done these things and are supporting these actions right now. Christians are not people who have been born again, but rather, they are believers in religious doctrine; they are fans of "Jesus" and they are self-deluded hypocrites, one and all. The experience called "being born again" is real, whether your storybook Jesus is real or not.

Comment by Ed Price
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What is faith? "Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen."

Everybody who can think, and thinks about it, realizes that life and the universe are way beyond themselves, both in order and in operation. They also realize that they really don't know for a fact what is going to happen even 1 second into the future.

If we knew nothing about God except what we see in nature, we would have faith in Him through the knowledge of Him that we see in nature. Our reason would suggest that our reasoning ability was not powerful enough to figure things out. Yet the same reason would tell us that things are working to some extent. Since things are working, and since we don't understand why, we live on faith that things will keep on working... that there is going to be some reasonable purpose for it all... that someday we may understand.

If we found the bones of Jesus in some tomb, we would simply change our faith and reason to see where we went wrong in our understanding.

Virtually all of the peoples of the world who do not have the Bible have done exactly this when they developed their pagan religions. Would we be any different? Would we lose faith? Or would we simply have a foggier picture of the truth and continue to seek clarity... as we have been doing all along, anyway.

Comment by Ed Vallejo
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Pastor Dixon,
May the Good Lord bless you and your family in this Easter Season.

I believe.

Ed Vallejo, Editor
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