© 2012 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
Did Jesus rise from the dead? Everything in Christianity turns on a sure and positive answer to that question. “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). If Christ is not risen, what makes us think that we will ever rise from the dead? “If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied” (1 Corinthians 15:19).
We have proof — many “infallible” proofs (Acts 1:3). Jesus appeared repeatedly to the apostles over a space of forty days. He appeared to women who had followed Him (Matthew 28:1-10). He appeared to members of His physical family (1 Corinthians 15:7). He even appeared to more than five hundred people at one time (1 Corinthians 15:6).
When He appeared, He conversed with people. He showed them the very hands and feet that had been wounded on the cross, and He invited people to touch Him (Luke 24:39-40; John 20:20,27). They grabbed hold of Him (Matthew 28:9). He stayed in their homes, broke bread with them, and ate fish (Luke 24:30,42-43). He cooked breakfast for them (John 21:9-14).
In all of this, Jesus made eyewitnesses (Luke 24:48, Acts 1:8). What did they do with what they knew? They couldn’t help but tell what they had seen and heard (Acts 4:20)! Jesus is risen from the dead, a Prince and a Savior offering forgiveness of sins (Acts 5:29-32).
Our faith is no leap in the dark, superstition, belief against reality, or wishful thinking. True faith in Jesus stands on what eyewitnesses saw and heard. The Holy Spirit provided them just the right words to share the facts (Heb. 2:1-4). Faith that will save us and sustain us keeps heading in the direction those facts lead.