This I Believe – The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus

I believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus.

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:12-14 “Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.”

According to Paul, if Jesus was not raised from the grave, our faith is in vain. In other words, our faith is useless.

Jesus did rise from the grave on the third day, thus showing His deity. It was a bodily resurrection and not just a spiritual resurrection.

Every fourth year I preach a message on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. It is a joyful message to preach because there is enough evidence for the resurrection of Jesus to render a positive verdict in a court of law.

What does this mean? It means that we have victory over death. It means we have an incredible hope.

“In 2013, Google vowed to solve death. The longest any human has lived is 122 years, according to Guinness World Records. On the September 13, 2013 issue, Time magazine announced that Google and its CEO Larry Page were going to fund a company that will try to extend the human lifespan and solve the diseases of aging. The weekly's next newsstand cover asks, in huge letters, ‘Can Google Solve Death?’

The death-curing company Time is referring to is Calico. According to a press release put out at the same time as the article, Calico ‘will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases.’ Calico's CEO and founding investor is Arthur D. Levinson, the former CEO of Genentech, the biotech corporation. Levinson has been given a new role to alter the basic nature of human existence.”*

As a result, Google created a $1.5 billion research center. What they are really trying to do is prolong life and not overcome death.

The dilemma of death has already been solved by the resurrection of Jesus. If a person confesses their faith in Jesus, then through the resurrection, they will live forever. Jesus has solved death, not Google (but thank you Google for trying to prolong life).

Something to think about…

 

*Adapted from Antonio Regalado, "Google to Try to Solve Death, LOL," MIT Technology Review (9-18-13)