“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him. ”
I recently watched a movie about the very end of the Apostle Peter’s life. It covered his arrest under Nero in Rome and ended at his death. In this movie it showed Peter ministering to an officer in the Roman army. This officer was asking Peter how he knew that Jesus was the Son of God. Peter carefully described Jesus death and then he told the soldier, “I saw Jesus after He was raised from the dead, I ate with Him. He was alive”. That pretty much answered all of the questions, either Peter was a liar (along with 500 other eye witnesses) or Jesus is the Son of God. The Resurrection is the guarantee of our Christian faith. Here are some thoughts from Tozer on the resurrection of Christ.
“The Christian church is helpless and hopeless if it is stripped of the reality and historicity of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. The true church of Jesus Christ is necessarily founded upon the belief and the truth that it happened. There was a real death, there was a real tomb, there was a real stone. But, thank God, there was a sovereign Father in heaven, an angel sent to roll the stone away, and a living Savior in a resurrected and glorified body able to “proclaim to His disciples, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth!”
The power of our Christian faith rests on the resurrection. It is because of the resurrection that we are born again, filled with the Holy Spirit, and have the power of God operating in our lives. This power is the omnipotent power of God. This power effects not only our spirit but our mind and body as well. Since the resurrection happened 2000 years ago how can we be sure today? As we hear the word of God or read the word of God our faith in the resurrection becomes as real as Peter’s. We don’t see Him with our physical eyes but our spiritual eyes are opened wide by faith and we experience this resurrection for ourselves.