In my most recent words of encouragement (April 24, 2019), I discussed why the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was so important two thousand years ago and why it is still so important today.
For now, let’s look at just two of the reasons that the Resurrection can make all the difference in our lives today.
First, the Resurrection shows that God approved the words and actions of Jesus during His ministry on earth (Acts 2:22–36, 17:31; Ephesians 1:19–23).
Second, the Resurrection establishes that the Word of God, i.e., Sacred Scripture, is trustworthy and true (John 14:26, 16:13; 2 Timothy 3:16–17).
Once we accept these divinely inspired facts, a new day dawns in faith for us – and for the world:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:9–10, NIV)
Only hours before His crucifixion, Jesus was clear about who and what He truly is:
Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Mark 14:60–62, NIV)
But there is more.
Jesus was equally adamant when He declared:
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, NIV)
To some, these words of Jesus sound harsh. They certainly seem exclusive, offering nothing by way of exceptions or alternatives. But Jesus wasn’t trying to be politically correct; He was trying to save souls. It was true in His day, and it is still true today.
Of the billions of men and women who have walked this earth, only One was ever raised from the dead.
Of the billions of people who have lived on this tiny, blue planet, only One was the eternally begotten Son of God.
And of the billions of humans who have tried to discern who we really are and to whom we really belong, only One had the answer.
He is still the Way.
And the Truth.
And the Life.
And, despite the passage of time, no one comes to the Father except through Him.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12, NIV)
-- Dr. John Morris