Is it a joke?

It’s April Fool’s Day and I just got back from seeing the movie, Risen.  It makes me think about how for over 2000 years people have been saying the Resurrection is just a joke;  an elaborate trick played on gullible people who didn’t want to believe Jesus had died.

Even today some (even some who call themselves Christian) will tell you that Jesus was a wise teacher, a prophet, maybe even a man specially chosen and touched by God.  However, they just can’t bring themselves to believe he was actually raised from the dead.  Maybe Jesus was taken from the cross before he was dead;  maybe his followers stole the body and started a wild rumor;  maybe the entire life of Jesus as reported in the Bible is just a myth, meant to symbolize certain truths, but not really THE TRUTH.

Here’s what the Apostle Paul had to say about that:

“…if Christ has not been raised then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”  1 Cor. 15:14

In other words, everything hinges on the resurrection.  We need to be able to say on Easter morning, and every morning, “He is risen.  He is risen, indeed.”

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