As we are celebrating the crucifixion and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ this Easter weekend, I would like for us to reflect on the love that God has for us and his redeeming heart. Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for our sins.
The crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ are two historic events that set Christianity apart from all other religions. In 1 Corinthians 15:13-15 the Bible says: “If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is worthless, and so is your faith. In that case, we are also exposed as false witnesses about God.
For we have testified about God that He raised Christ from the dead, but He did not raise Him if in fact the dead are not raised.”
I would like to ask you to think about this question: Who is Jesus Christ and why should we believe in him? Before you answer, let me just say I am sure you will find many people today who will give a number of answers about the identity of Jesus. Many responses include he was a good man, a teacher of the law, a prophet, a rabbi, a revolutionary, the Son of God, ect.
These responses should not be a surprise to any of us because more than two thousand years ago Jesus confronted his disciples with the same questions: “Who do people say I am, who do you say that I am?” We find the response to these questions Matthew 16:13-16: “ They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” As you can see, even when Jesus walked on this earth, people were confused as to his true identity. It is true that Jesus was a good man because he went about doing good. To limit Jesus to just a good man is to miss the reason for His coming. Jesus was a great teacher like those who described Him as a rabbi, who taught as God in the flesh. Jesus was a revolutionary as he did not come to cause a war rather He came to cause a revolution in the hearts of people.
C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity writes the following: “I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him [Jesus Christ]: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say.
A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that option open to us. He did not intend to.”
Jesus is the Son of God. He is the ultimate judge of all men. He possesses all power in heaven and on earth and He has the power to forgive sin. He raised people from the dead. He is one with God, He is the only way to God, and He is the giver of eternal life. Happy Resurrection Sunday!