By Jarrod Belcher
In speaking of the unique supremacy of Jesus in the past few weeks we have seen how he stands out in religious history as the Creator, the Revealer of God, and the Savior of men, and this week we will talk about him as the Risen Lord. Indeed it is the resurrection of Jesus that is the central them of Christianity. Without it Jesus is just another religious teacher with some good ideas. There are some that say that belief in the resurrection wasn’t part of the early Christian church. In these circles it is said that Christianity works like a fish story where as time passes the tale gets bigger and bigger.
But Christianity actually works backwards as a fish story. It wasn’t until hundreds of years later that Jesus became smaller and smaller among Christians with heretical ideas popping up within the church about him being something less than God or his resurrection simply being an allegory. But among the very first followers of Jesus, they were teaching that he had indeed been crucified and raised bodily from the dead. While detractors want to point to late dates that the gospels were written (which are being refuted by archaeology with the passing of time), something that even the harshest textual critics agree on is the early date of 1 Corinthians. In chapter 15 it shows that from within two decades of Jesus’ life the church was proclaiming Christ as resurrected.
So what is it that the resurrection of Jesus says to us? It says that the Father has approved of the work of Jesus and all authority on heaven and earth has been given to him. If you wonder if your sins are truly forgiven through Jesus you can know that the resurrection proves that they are. Sinful men and women die and they stay dead. The raising of Jesus proves death could not hold him and it proves that his blood satisfied the wrath of God against our sin. The resurrection proves Jesus is the King and that he is the only way to the Father. It proves that we shall one day be raised with him. It proves the unique supremacy of Jesus Christ.