DENYING THE RESURRECTION
Everything a Christian believes, practices and teaches rests upon the fact that Jesus miraculously rose from the dead never to die again (1 Cor. 15:7). Through the years since this wonderful event, men have diligently sought to discredit and disprove the resurrection. Christianity could have been stopped cold in the first century if the dead body of Jesus had been produced proving the resurrection proclamation of His disciples to be a fraud.
Those of us who have faith in Jesus as the Son of God and savior of men, easily see through the shallowness of resurrection deniers. I fear, however, that we too, often without realizing it, deny the resurrection of Christ. In Rom. 5:6-11, Paul explains that without the death and resurrection of Jesus, we are doomed. We boldly proclaim that if Christ has not been raised from the dead, we are a pitiful lot, (1 Cor. 15:12-18). And we stop there. The implication of the assertion we make, based on our faith in a risen savior, is that because Christ has been raised, we are bound to honor and obey Him.
We deny the resurrection of Jesus when we choose to exercise our own will over the will of God. When I say, “I’ll do it my way,” I deny the right of Christ to rule my life, and by action, I deny the significance, if not the reality of the resurrection (Rom. 14:7-9).
When we leave Christ and go back to the world, we don’t necessarily deny that His resurrection occurred, but we “crucify…the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame,” (Heb. 6:6). We, in essence, say the resurrection is meaningless and try to put Jesus back in the tomb.
In another sense, we also deny the resurrection when we fail to tell others about it. Peter and John were called before the Jewish Council and forbidden to speak concerning the resurrected Christ. They responded, “For we cannot but speak the things we saw and heard,” (Acts 4:20). We should be of the same disposition. If Jesus was who He claimed to be, if He did the things He claimed to do, and if He rose from the dead just as He promised, then we must joyfully and zealously be about our mission to tell the world the good news that Jesus Christ is alive and well, ruling in Heaven (1 Cor. 15:58).