BUFF SCOTT, JR.
The Resurrection Message
TELLING IT LIKE IT IS
Without the resurrection of the man called Jesus, there would have been no liberation, no reclamation, no regeneration, no re-creation, no hope, no future, and no eternal life. Without the resurrection event, the saints of old—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses—would have toiled in vain, for their eternal “Canaan” rested on the man Jesus. He was God’s ultimate plan, final proposal, and chief Pioneer. This special man paved the way, leveled the mountains, and corrected the bends.
The promises, the covenants, the prophecies, the animal sacrifices, sanctification, justification, the obliteration of sin—all of these either hinged or do hinge on the resurrection affair. The embodiment of God’s strategy for the ages was to see its fruition in the resurrection of His Son. Had the resurrection not occurred, the prophets of old who foretold this event would have passed on without notoriety or acknowledgment. The fact that their prophecies became reality in the personage of Messiah Jesus corroborates their authenticity. It truly did occur
. The resurrection actually
happened, according to the many witnesses who saw Him alive after His death. John, one of Jesus’ special disciples, along with Simon Peter, witnessed the empty tomb and saw Him alive after His resurrection. “So Peter and the other disciple [John] started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in” [John 20:1-8]. In the same narrative, John recalls:
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord” [vs. 19 & 20]
Luke, a writer and physician, testified that Jesus “gave many convincing proofs that he was alive” following His resurrection [Acts 1:3]
. In fact, Luke affirms, Jesus appeared to them “over a period of forty days.” Paul, drawing upon the evidence of other credible witnesses, with divine inspiration, wrote that Jesus “appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time” [I Cor. 15:6]
. Many other writers and witnesses presented the same story, and without contradicting each other.
The testimony of these witnesses and writers has never been discredited. Nor has their character been shown to be less than honorable. They were not fictional writers. They knew the facts
of the case, and they described those facts. Until someone disqualifies these men as reputable, credible witnesses, their testimony will stand.
Give some thought to the Resurrection’s fruits. Because of the resurrection event, we have A.D. instead of B.C., a “light for the Gentiles,” a shining city on a high hill, the “new Jerusalem” coming down out of heaven, and a new pavement that leads directly to the throne of God. Truly, we are living in an era of rescue!
The disciples of Jesus rediscovered their hope when their leader reappeared in person. His appearance from the tomb 2,000 years ago served as a beacon of light for all generations whose ships have floundered in the mire of sin and slavery. He has become the Captain of our salvation and the Author of eternal redemption.
He is my Lord and The Living Stone.
_______ “EASTER SERVICES”— Worship for the believer in the grace era is a 24-hour-a-day matter. Our Lord touched upon this in John 4:19-24. Worship is when our hearts are attuned to His grace, His Love, and His salvation—whether inside or outside a church structure.
An assembly consists of two or more [Matt. 18:20]. The church assembly is not the only place and time to worship and do honor to our God. Worship is anytime and the place is where we are. Do not be discouraged and anxious because you cannot be at a certain place at a certain time on “Easter Sunday.” Your home is more sacred than a church structure. Use it to honor, worship, and esteem your God. Most of the assemblies of the early believers were in homes.—Buff.