The Bible foretells that in the last days there shall be a falling away from the faith. That apostasy can be seen today in the increasing attacks upon the cardinal doctrines of Christianity. Two areas are central to the devil’s strategy, namely, the deity of Christ and His bodily resurrection.
What a gloomy proposition is the denial of Christ’s resurrection! It would mean that all Christian preaching is vain and a waste of time. Even worse, it would be an exposition of falsehood. The faith of believing people would be empty and groundless, sin unforgiven, and our buried loved ones eternally perished. Salvation at best could be only for this present life. What a dark prospect!
However, the resurrection of Christ is one of the best-attested facts in history. There were over five hundred eyewitnesses whose testimony must be overthrown to deny the fact. It was prophesied by Christ. It was recorded in the Gospels.
The lives of the disciples, so depressed and discouraged by the crucifixion, were suddenly transformed by their Master. They went forth as fearless heralds of Jesus and His Gospel. A faked resurrection could not account for that transformation. The changed lives of millions of Christians attest to the veracity of Paul’s statement, “Now is Christ risen from the dead” [1 Corinthians 15:20].
Three philosophers – Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, and Charles Darwin – have had a marked but debilitating effect upon modern society. Thankfully, the Christian does not follow the mutable theories of dead philosophers, but the life-giving Gospel of a living Redeemer. His resurrection is the capstone of all Christian doctrine. May we rejoice in “the power of His resurrection” today [Philippians 3:10].