Summary: The resurrection of Jesus was a work of God established before the foundation of the world was set in place and has an enormous impact on our life today.
Chicago Tribune journalist, Lee Strobel, had been on an incredible quest to disprove the resurrection of Jesus. A “just the facts” type of guy, Strobel figured debunking God would not be that difficult. This was a man who worked in a newsroom with a printed banner that stated, “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”
Strobel had read just about every philosophical argument against God from renowned thinkers like Friedrich Nietzsche and David Hume. He presumed that with reason and scientific evidence, God would be reduced to a myth. What he found was an unexpected discovery of quantitative facts and faith, which is a powerful testimony for the Easter season.
The recently released film “The Case for Christ” shows the profound path that led Strobel to believe in God. The film is based on Strobel’s best-selling book of the same name. We see a man with narcissism as one of his main flaws, but his conceit also elicits compassion. Strobel truly loves his wife, Leslie, and their daughter, Alison, but eventually finds that there is an even greater love beyond the scope his intellect. [Posted April 15, 2017,Jessica Johnson: ‘The Case for Christ’ makes case for Easter joy]
Strobel discovered the truth about the resurrection of Christ, which dramatically transformed his life.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is not a Sunday school story to be told once a year.
It is not just an event that took place April 5, 33.
It is not a holiday to celebrate every year.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is much more significant than all of this put together.
The resurrection of Jesus was a work of God established before the foundation of the world was set in place and has an enormous impact on our life today.
Paul says in Ephesians 1:4 – “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:”
That phrase “the foundation of the world” refers to before the world was created by God. God, being all-wise, did not create the world and then find out something went wrong.
God created the world and in that moment of creation included everything that could possibly happen and he prepared for it.
What I want to lay out this morning is simply this; the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the key factor in all of God’s creation. It was not a last minute fix for a problem he did not see coming. It has implications not only in this world, as I want to show you, but also throughout all eternity.
The resurrection was a point in time, but it has influenced throughout all eternity. This is something hard for us to really grasp.
I. The Resurrection Affects the Foundation of Christianity.
“If Christ was not raised from the dead, then what we preach to you is worth nothing. Your faith in Christ is worth nothing” (1 Corinthians 15:14).
Paul understood the importance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and how it affects all of Christianity.
It is the foundation upon which all of Christianity is built.
Christianity is not built upon rituals and creeds. That is the stuff of which religion is built upon. Christianity goes beyond rituals and creeds. You can believe the right thing and still not really be a Christian.