After reading a recent blog post, I created the following article in response. The post included some insights into secular criticism regarding the Resurrection, but lacked substantial conviction regarding its validity. These two opening quotes inspired some deeper thought.
“I think it would probably be fair to say that if Jesus really did rise from the dead, it would be one of the most significant events – if not the most significant event – in human history.”
This thought was followed by,
“Now before we go any further, I want to state this: I believe that it is impossible to either prove or disprove beyond any doubt that the resurrection of Jesus actually happened.”
Many likely agree with such summation. However, while this may be the most a non-believer could hope to realize, there is a much more definite assurance of the facts related to Christ’s resurrection. Namely, a personal confrontation and perpetual relationship with the risen Lord!
Through the miracle of new birth (being born again), whereby the Spirit of Christ (aka: the Holy Spirit; the Spirit of God) takes up permanent residency in a true believer’s life, such a personal encounter with Christ is common. Having received this infilling and personally experiencing continual fellowship with Him, a believer may be quite confident beyond all critical arguments to the contrary, that Christ has indeed risen.
Many self-proclaimed followers of Christ accept Christian dogma that provides a creed based upon various accounts of the Resurrection recorded in the Gospels. But they never personalize the information, remaining content to believe the testimonies of second-hand witnesses, now thousands of years removed. Unlike Saul of Tarsus, who had a personal encounter with the risen Christ on the road to Damascus, many merely accept what some teach – that those types of personal encounters ended with the 1st century Apostolic age.
There are however, many who know better and have experienced similar exhilaration in this current age. Responding in faith to the promises Christ Himself gave, many now still encounter the living Christ in personal vital relationships. Anyone desiring such only need prayerfully read and sincerely ponder these promises in hopeful anticipation of their personal fulfillment.
“Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” – Jn. 14:23
“When the Spirit of Truth has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” – Jn. 16:13
“The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be IN you.” – Jn. 14:17
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” – Rev. 3:20
The greatest proof of the resurrection is when the risen Christ fulfills these promises in a believer’s life. From that moment on, a divine relationship perpetuates, removing any doubt as to the validity of Christ’s power over death and ability to keep His promises. Eternity becomes a reality and assurance of life with God forever a known fact.