The Resurrection of Christ.
We can wonder, why do we have so many false gospels, or why does it seem there are so many ways to define the word of God, and ponder why there are so many alternatives being preached in pulpits? it might be possible because the last thing a hard, an unbelieving heart doesn’t wants to hear the truth about sin. The gospel says we are sinners and therefore we are in trouble with God because of the lifestyle we live, choices we make, things we have said and even our thoughts running through our head. All these things can be worldly and offensive to God. They are sinful in nature and thus are wrong and the penalty is death. Undoubtedly, an unbelieving heart turns away from this. But this can also pertain to a believer’s heart as it can rebel against the truth of sin is they don’t keep their mind in the word daily.
Don’t let someone fool you that there are many ways to heaven. The ONLY way to heaven is our faith in knowing the truth of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. There is only one Christ and His death freed us from the penalty of our sins, that is death. Jesus was foretold through the prophets.
Isaiah 53:1-6 (NKJV)
53 Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah tells us there was a death of a certain Man that the scriptures said would come for our sake and this Man would have a common, unremarkable appearance. He would also be despised by men and forsaken. Isiah continues and says this Man would be One chosen by God to bear our griefs and sorrows. He would be appointed by God to be afflicted in our place. And be pierced through for our transgressions, a reference to the Crucifixion, and be crushed for our sins. We are healed through His suffering and our sins are forgiven being reconciled with God.
Not just anyone can address our sin before God. There is no self-appointed savior who can save us from the wrath of God. Not Buddha, not Mohammed, not Confucius, not the Dali Lama, not David Koresh, not Joseph Smith, not Charles Russell. Nor any other crackpot, con-man, false prophet or cult leader with a messiah complex. Whether by their life or by their death, none of these can solve the problem of our sin, because God has not appointed them to serve that purpose. It is God alone Who determines the propitiation, the remedy for our sin. And Paul tells us the Father determined that His Only Son Jesus
would be the One to address the problem of our sin. He would be assigned to bear the penalty for our sin and because of that, He died for our sins, so that we might escape that penalty which is death.
Our sin is the beginning of the Gospel message, but it doesn’t end there. Since the beginning message of the Gospel starts with our sin, it undoubtedly addresses the penalty of our sins. How do we overcome this penalty? The gospels tell us that Jesus was buried and then raised three days later. Having a dead man buried is nothing unusual for we all die at some point and will be buried and to dust we return. However, Paul repeats this part of the gospel story because it’s important to our understanding of what sin requires.
Romans 6:23 (NKJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Because we sin and our sinful nature, we are given the penalty of sin. Paul tells us in Romans that penalty is spiritual death. But on our behalf, Christ took that penalty and paid that wage on our behalf, taking our place, through His death and going to the grave in our place. Therefore the Gospel affirms Jesus truly died an actual death.
In Paul’s day and In the early church, false teachers arose and began to report that Jesus had not actually died. They taught Jesus had only past out on the cross and for our sake was experiencing our punishment while not dying. They wanted the people to think it was not right that God could or would die like a man. Therefore they began to spread a false story saying Jesus faked His death and then was able to escape from the tomb.
This cannot be the Gospel of Jesus. For the Gospel says Jesus truly died because that was what was required because of our sin. And if Jesus never died then our sin was never paid for. Moreover, if in fact, Jesus never did die, then what is next part in the Gospel message would be considered false as well. Which is fulfillment of the true gospel. Paul tells us that Jesus rose from the dead. What we refer to as He was resurrected. The truth is that Jesus’ body which was dead was reborn, came alive again where He stood up and walked out of the grave. So just as real as it was that Christ died, He also came to life again. And that tells us that the good news of the gospel is that our death does not have to be the end for us. We can and will live again just as did. That is the promise of the gospel for everyone who places their trust for salvation in Christ. They can be assured of a life after death.
If you are looking for a savior who has promised to rescue from death, it would make sense to choose the One Who was able to rescue Himself from the penalty of death.
For if you think therefore, if a person cannot even raise himself from his own death, then most assuredly there is no reason for you to consider placing your own life in their hands. Consider, Buddha never returned to life. Muhammad is still in his tomb. Also not Confucius, nor the Dali Lama, nor David Koresh, nor Joseph Smith, nor Charles Russell nor any other man has ever returned from the grave. Except Jesus Christ! When Jesus rose from the dead, He left all doubt beyond any measure He truly has power of life over death. Thus validating all that He claimed concerning Himself. As many have, anyone can make claims about their power and authority while they walk the earth. Before we decide to accept their claims, first let them die and come back to life. Know, the One Who can bring himself back to life has proven Himself to be God, the One with power over life. The true Gospel, the true good news is the story of the Son of God dying and resurrecting for our sake. The gospel Christ delivered to Paul is the same gospel Paul taught in his letters. It is the same message Paul delivered in Corinth to the church there. And it’s the message of first resurrection.
Bu our sin it was made necessary for a death. Our Father in Heaven, in His mercy and love for us, appointed His only Son to stand in our place to satisfy the wrath of God.
And on a cross, Jesus died in our place. And His dead body was buried in a tomb for three days and three nights. After which the dead body of Jesus became alive again and He was resurrected and will never die again. This is the one and only true gospel, the good news that saves. Paul says in Romans 10.
Romans 10:9-10 (NKJV)
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Accept the truth of this testimony, believe it and rely upon it for your salvation from the judgment that is to come, and you will be saved. Jesus’ resurrections means He has the power to give life to your dead body and His word says if you trust in Him, you will not be disappointed. This is the gospel.
“The author’s biblical interpretations and conclusions presented in this document rely on original teaching used by permission of Verse By Verse Ministry International (VBVMI). The author’s views may not represent the views of VBVMI, it’s Directors or staff. Original VBVMI teaching may be found at http://www.vbvmi.org.”
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