The Scriptures Must Be Fulfilled Contrary to all the disciple's expectations, after his brutal crucifixion and burial, Jesus walked out of the tomb victorious on Sunday morning. And when He appeared to his disciples, Jesus did not leave them guessing as to why He had to be betrayed, die and be resurrected. Rather, He instructed them, that all these things had to take place to fulfill the Scriptures. In what was no doubt a fascinating conversation, Jesus demonstrated that all of the Old Testament pointed to him and his triumph over sin and death.
Some truths more important than others. Paul writes to the Corinthian Church with urgency about the truths that are “of first importance.” Indeed, all revealed truth is invaluable, but certain truths are of highest importance, and that's the language Paul uses. And what is of first importance? “That Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,” and “that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” The cross and the empty tomb stand at the center of the Christian faith and therefore, Christ’s resurrection is central to everything in the Christian life. It is the ultimate eschatological event. By raising Jesus from the dead, God set in motion the final overthrow of death itself. Think clock ticking. Hour glass sands falling, and its just a matter of time. The resurrection of Jesus is the promise of our resurrection from the dead. Because He lives, we shall also live.
This morning we are going to examine the reasonableness of faith in the resurrection. There is a plethora of objective, testimonial and historical evidence to the resurrection of Jesus. And if Jesus rose from the dead, then that changes everything about everything. If Jesus said He was going to rise from the dead and then did just that, we have to accept all He said.
In his letter to Timothy, Paul describes his prior way of life when the grace and mercy of Jesus reached him. He was a persecutor of Christians, a blasphemer, in his words, the foremost of sinners. And yet, even he was reached and changed by the power of the gospel. Jesus came into the world for this very purpose, to save sinners. The purpose of the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus was to bring eternal glory to God through the salvation of sinners. No one is too far gone. No one is beyond the reach and power of the gospel.
No one expected a resurrected Jesus. The women and disciples who watched Jesus be crucified and die, mourned and wept. They had no hope. None. And even after they saw the resurrected Christ, it took many proofs to convince them that Jesus is alive. He turned their mourning to doubt and then to joy. And his resurrection changes everything about everything.
All of us are seeking, seeking relief, peace and redemption from the pains and battles of this life. Unfortunately, we turn to the things of this world to meet this need instead of Jesus. Jesus is the only one who can bring the peace and healing we so desperately need. Through his resurrection, Jesus has conquered over fear, pain and death. He has done it all. All that is left for us to do is to believe in and worship Him.