How should we react to news of the resurrection of Jesus? Some don’t believe it. Let’s think about that for a moment. What if those who don’t believe that Jesus rose from the dead are correct? What if somewhere in or near the city of Jerusalem there is an unmarked forgotten grave that has the remains of Jesus? The location forgotten not in modern times, but just a little while after He was buried; that the friends and enemies of Jesus couldn’t locate His grave on Sunday following His burial on Friday. Paul actually spoke to that idea. He said that we, of all people are most to be pitied. He added that our faith was in vain if Christ was not raised from the dead.
In short, if Jesus wasn’t raised from the dead, Christians are completely misguided fools that deserve not respect, but pity. The resurrection of Jesus is the basis of our faith and if that undiscovered grave is out there, all we have believed in, all the Good works that Christians have done in caring for others with medical issues and areas of need; all that we have done in education, all that we have done in evangelism that appears to have made people’s lives better are worthless having been built on a lie.
It’s not really probable that this forgotten grave exists somewhere in the area. Let’s face it – you don’t forget where someone you followed for three years is buried over the weekend. If you set a guard over a tomb, as the Romans and the Jewish leaders did, you don’t lose track of the grave of a revolutionary who claimed he would rise from the dead. For those who would deny the resurrection let me issue a writ of habeas corpus – produce the body. Oh not the physical body after all these years, but come up with a good explanation for where the body of Jesus is.
Perhaps this brief discussion on why I believe the resurrection is truth will help you understand why I know “Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!” (Psalm 118:15) While this Psalm is not a messianic psalm, it describes the truth of how believers should be reacting to the resurrection. Jesus won a great victory over death and because of God’s love for us we share in that victory. We can rejoice that God has done mighty things while conquering death and that we share in the victory that He won. Jesus has conquered sin and death and we have victory in Jesus.
Lord we thank you for the assurance we have of Your victory over sin and death because of the resurrection. Let me live in that joy everyday and share that joy with others.