I once read an article by Josh McDowell in the Focus on the Family Magazine entitled, “If I Had Faked the Resurrection”. In the article, McDowell gave ten things he would have done if he attempted to fake a resurrection.
His ninth point struck me. He wrote that “I would not preach a message of repentance in light of the Resurrection”. He goes on to support the point by writing, “No one in his right mind would have chosen to create a fictional message that would invite opposition and persecution from both civil and religious authorities of those days. How much easier and wiser it would have been to preach a less controversial gospel – concentrating on Jesus’ teachings about love, perhaps – thus saving myself and the adherents of my new religion a lot of trouble.”
Unfortunately, this is going on today, some 2000 years after the fact of the Resurrection. There are those within church circles who concentrate on the non-controversial parts of Jesus’ teachings – precisely the love of God – excluding the need for repentance and forgiveness.
Personally, I am ecstatic that God loved me so much that He went to the cross to die for me. I am also overjoyed that He wants me to repent from ways that are harmful to me and that He offers me forgiveness when I do.
I hope we never dilute the sacrificial act of Jesus when He went to the cross to die for our sins. And may we never under-appreciate the power of His Resurrection and all that it means to us.