The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 33

“Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20).

Most major religions of the world have their foundations in some great but dead leader or philosopher or teacher. What makes Christianity different is that it alone declares its faith in a living, resurrected Saviour.

Many people today maintain that one faith is as good as another is. You have all heard comments like “all faiths lead to God”. This belief is called syncretism. Syncretism, according to the Oxford Dictionary is “an attempt to sink differences and effect union between sects and philosophic schools.” Sadly, as the church becomes more ‘worldly’, and the truths of the Bible are forsaken for political expedience, many that are weak in their faith are deceived into heading down this track. The Bible warns us to beware of false prophets. But it’s not just the ones who are outside that we should be alert to. Many of them come in “sheep’s clothing”. They call themselves “believers” and “teachers” and “ministers”. Watch out!

If you had the choice of asking directions from two people, one a corpse and the other a living person, whom would you consult? Whom would you follow? The answer is obvious - The one who is alive! Why then do people follow leaders who are dead instead of Christ, who is alive? The answer is that they are really following a teaching or philosophy. The Christian follows a living person in Jesus Christ. Our trust is in Christ “the author and finisher of our faith”.

When we believe in the actual physical resurrection of Christ, we will have no difficulty believing anything else in God’s word. If we reject this central doctrine, we may as well throw away the entire Bible. If Christ has not risen, he has failed in his prophecies, he has broken his promises and therefore, as Paul says, “we are still in our sins”.

But Christ has indeed risen! There is ample historical evidence in the Scriptures. He was the first to rise from the dead, never to die again. Death could have no hold over him because he himself was without sin. His resurrection was the sign that all who believe in him will also follow him in resurrection. Our hope is in the resurrection. Otherwise, as Paul says, “of all people, we are to be pitied most.”

Keep your eyes on the RISEN CHRIST. All the promises he holds out for our future in eternity will surely come to pass.

One cannot be a Christian who denies the resurrection.

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