Christ Is Risen—So What?
From even a cursory reading of the New Testament, it becomes apparent that the Resurrection of Christ was the central truth which occupied the minds and dynamized” the lives of the early Christians. Yet it seems that today’s believers have lost a sense of the magnitude of the Resurrection. What are the implications of this great event for us?
The Resurrection demonstrates the holiness and credibility of Yeshua. Surely, if he were a charlatan or in any sense a sinner like other men, God would never have given his seal of approval by raising Christ. Yet this is what Romans 1:4 affirms—that by his rising from the dead, Yeshua was “declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness.…”
The Resurrection demonstrates the hardness of men’s hearts. Some today imagine that a miracle is all they would need to make them firm believers. However the Scriptures deny this. For example, in the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, Jesus clearly stated that those who would not believe Moses and the prophets would not believe even if someone rose from the dead. Unbelief is a statement about the heart, not about the validity of the evidence presented.