Alliance News Feed – Voices of the Resurrection
Excerpted from The Cross of Christ by Alliance Founder A. B. Simpson
“[A]ccording to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead” (Ephesians 1:19–20, KJV).
The first message of the Resurrection is that Christ is the Son of God and Christianity is divine. He was “declared to be the Son of God with power . . . by the resurrection from the dead.” The one test which He always offered in proof of His lofty claims was that He should die and rise again. His sign was the sign of the prophet Jonah, or as He put it at another time in another figure, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” So well did His enemies understand this challenge that they took every precaution to guard His tomb and prevent any possible stratagem on the part of His disciples to steal Him away. There was an ample guard, a great stone at the mouth of the tomb with the seal of Rome upon it, which it was treason for any man to break. But in spite of all, that Easter morning saw the sepulcher empty, the stone rolled away, and the Lord of life again among His disciples. And “after his passion by many infallible proofs, [he was] seen of them.”
For 40 days He repeated the evidence of His Resurrection on various occasions and to different witnesses, until even Thomas, the most incredulous of all, was compelled to confess, “My Lord and my God.” Still later Saul of Tarsus, the bitter enemy of Christianity, beheld in a vision the actual form of the risen Christ, and added his testimony and the testimony of his life of sacrifice and suffering to the witnesses of the Resurrection. So complete is the proof of this transcendent event that we have seen a gifted lawyer completely convinced after a life of skepticism by simply following the line of evidence which Horace Bushnell has laid out in his volume, Nature and the Supernatural. And this gentleman has afterwards frankly admitted that the proof of Christ’s Resurrection, by the ordinary rules of evidence, is sufficient to bring conviction to any unprejudiced judge or jury.
Dear friends, if you have ever been troubled, or if you have friends who are troubled with skeptical questionings about the Bible and Christianity, let all the other issues go; drop the questions of Moses, Isaiah, and Jonah and settle the whole issue upon this supreme question: Did Jesus of Nazareth really die, and did He really rise again? And if you are fair and candid, you will be compelled to conclude, or to bring conviction to your doubting friend, that these are indeed “infallible proofs” and that the whole fabric of Christianity rests upon one supreme foundation, one rock of ages, “For if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain . . . But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:14, 20).
Source: Alliance News Feed – Voices of the Resurrection