I am going to be brief today, but that does not mean that topic de jour is of little consequence. After reflecting over the end of Acts 17, I wanted to present peoples’ reaction to the Resurrection. Some sneered, others wanted to hear again while others became followers of Paul and believed. In Christendom, Resurrection receives a great deal of attention around Easter each year. I don’t hear a lot of sermons, talks or even conversations about Resurrection over the course of the calendar year. Despite that, it is truly essential to the Christian faith. While the desire for resurrection is not unique to the Christian faith, Resurrection to live with God for all eternity is exclusive.
How can I say that? Because that’s what Jesus said. He makes an exclusive claim to the Resurrection unto life. We learn more about the Resurrection in John 11 where Jesus was talking to Martha about her brother, Lazarus, who had died. Martha was telling Jesus that if He had been there her brother would not have died. Jesus tells her you will see him again. She says, I know at the Jesus said to her “ “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
In the spiritual sense, the bible teaches that without Christ as one’s Savior and Lord that person is dead in your transgressions and sins. One who sins is spiritually dead. Since all of us sins, all of us are or were at one point dead spiritually. Isaiah 59:2 says, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” That is the spiritual death – being separated from God. The bible also teaches that it is only Christ who makes you alive. There will be two resurrections – one of the living and one of the dead. Luke 14:14 talks about a Resurrection of the just or righteous. If there will be a resurrection of the just, there will also be a resurrection of the unjust.
Who are the just/righteous? Jesus gave us the answer in speaking with Martha in John 11. The just/righteous are those who believe in Him. Jesus said those who believe in him will live even though they die and whoever lives by believing in Him will never die. Jesus used the paradox of life and death in terms of the physical and spiritual death. Clearly with Lazarus’ death as well as His own, Jesus knew that people would die, but it was the physical. In terms of the spiritual, that is Jesus’ claim – that those who believes in Him would never die – that is would never be separated from God.
I am celebrating my Resurrection today. No matter what happens to me today, God, by my faith in Jesus as the Son of God and the Savior of the world, has assured me that I will not die even though I die. Hallelujah. I can’t lose.