08 April 2012

What if Jesus Were Still in the Grave?

For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:16-19)
In the above verses, the Apostle Paul poses to his readers a hypothetical “what if” question. What if Jesus Christ had not been raised from the dead? Dr. John MacArthur offers an answer to that question, and in doing so reminds Christians why the resurrection of Christ is a truth to be celebrated. View article →

4 comments:

  1. Every time Jesus spoke to His disciples of His pending death He always followed by telling them of His resurrection also. Likewise in the book of Acts, the apostles did the same, every time they told of His crucifixtion, the resurrection was also preached. This was not mere coincidence, but two of the integral and indisposable truths of the Gospel. So why is it that all too many people speak only of the cross and little if any thing concerning the resurrection? It is not just the death of Jesus on the cross that provides for our salvation, it is the cross AND the resurrection together that provides the eternal life that we have been given.

    Darrel

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  2. Then hell here and beyond only.
    Praise to God it is otherwise:

    http://youtu.be/BauJLUTxxZo

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  3. "It is not just the death of Jesus on the cross that provides for our salvation, it is the cross AND the resurrection together that provides the eternal life that we have been given."-

    Very excellent point Anonymous

    Usually people don't talk much about it because A) they've never been to the cross and truly repented or B) many have gone to the cross and received forgiveness by God's grace but yet it is faded in the background because they take on other man-made methods to pacify their adversities in life instead of Going to the only source of solace, true power and LIFE. Many Christians are quite thin skinned and don't know how to deal with pain and hardships and so they buy into the lies of "mysticism, yoga, self help books for marriage, finances, etc" rather than facing the pain with Jesus who alone is the Good Shepherd.

    So the Resurrection power doesn't phase many Christians even, simply because they don't know how to swallow that bitter pill and trust that God is always Good. Rather than giving us a "good life" on this earth which is what many want, GOD in his infinite wisdom wants to give us what we NEED-to know Jesus Christ who IS the Resurrection and the Life! To know Jesus is the greatest JOY and treasures forevermore and yet Christians would rather settle for the temporary comforts of this world than DIE.

    Jesus left ALL the comforts of Heaven to come into this world this stenchy rotten sin infested madness like a rabid dog world to save US. Why can we NOT be sold out for His cause for others to know Christ and embrace the CROSS?
    we are looking NOT for a better healthy future here, We are looking for something (far beyond) and (glorious beyond) all this..

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  4. Also His sinless life. Jesus had to perfectly fulfill the law AND die as a perfect sacrifice AND be resurrected.

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