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One of a Kind

2011-04-23

It’s that time of year again, when most people focus on bunnies and eggs and other ancient fertility symbols. But tomorrow the Christian world celebrates the most important day of all: when Jesus rose from the dead. This, not good behavior, good theology, or good feelings, is what sets the Christian faith apart from all others. Whether people write Jesus off as a fable, a madman, a prophet, or a good teacher, they have to admit that no other widely-known religious, philosophical, or political figure has ever predicted he would rise from the dead or claimed to be God. It isn’t Jesus’ teachings or example that made the difference; there have been exemplary figures throughout history. The crux, if you will, is the Resurrection. Jesus is truly one of a kind.

This year I decided to just list past articles on Resurrection Day, in order by date:

Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection all happened as predicted, and because of that I have chosen to place my faith in Him alone as Savior, the One who made God’s offer of reconciliation possible. I freely accepted His offer and forsook all others. Because of that, and nothing else, I am guaranteed a place in heaven as an adopted child of God (Rom. 8:15, 23, Gal. 4:5-7, Eph. 1:5, 14, 2 Cor. 1:22, 5:5, Heb. 7:22, 1 John 5:1). This is no kind of elitism or “holier than thou” claim, but an expression of gratitude and hope.

This year, let us all pray that many more souls will be told this simple message and believe, for the time is very short.

9 Comments

Greg Anderson

Let me be clear, the "Biblical doctrines" I was refering to are the ones that purportedly lend irrefutable "proof" to the TULIP belief system. As you’ve demonstrated admirably, the TULIP belief system ignores poetic metaphor, hyperbole, and much in the way of Hebraic thought patterns.

SaberTruth

I was just going over some competing scholarly articles on exactly when Jesus rose from the dead, and they led, with very convincing proofs, to two mutually exclusive conclusions. Each article by itself seemed airtight and well-supported both Biblically and academically, yet at least one view had to be wrong since one argued for an early Sat. evening resurrection and the other for early Sun. morning. I love it when experts destroy each other’s proofs. But they all agree that Jesus did rise from the dead, and that’s a doctrine that cannot be abandoned while still retaining a claim to the Name. We here in this blog all know what really matters, what is essential, and we unite around those things. That’s true unity of Spirit while allowing individual convictions on the disputables. A happy Resurrection Day to all. :-D May this be the year of His return!

Greg Anderson

I have been known to argue and reject a number of "Biblical doctrines", but Jesus’ virgin birth and his physical resurrection from the dead are two of the non-negotiables I hold to tenaciously.

SaberTruth

Greg, I wish all claiming the Name felt the same way as you. In the past year I’ve seen too many people who know better falling for the lies of traitorous "academics" and cutting away the last anchor of truth. They mistake being driven by the wind for "freedom".

SaberTruth

It really is an under-appreciated truth, Lydia. We as believers need to seriously challenged the Body of Christ to reset its focus and then ask how much of what we’ve been doing or not doing is consistent with that.

SaberTruth

Thanks Kermie! :-D

Lydiasellerofpurple

I was reading some of CS Lewis’ essays last night and he said that God giving up His Glory to become human would be like us giving up our current state to be a slug. Let us never forget Who He is: God in the Flesh!

Kerminator

Yes, Out of all the this world’s co called great people; there is only one perfect human, that will make the difference in the Eternity that follows: Yeshua Ha Mashiach or Jesus The Christ! Amen! All the rest of humanity put together will not change, save, alter or improve their lot even in the slightest! That includes anyone else you want to include, or any other religion or thoughts... Go to simplytruth.com and read the post of 23 April " Me or Thee" for more comparison and insight into who we should follow!

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