Monthly Archives: March 2013

HE IS RISEN!

“Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.  And behold, there was a great easter-1earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.  His countenance was like lightning and his clothing as white as snow.  And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.  But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus, Who was crucified.  He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.”  Matthew 28:1f

“The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is vitally important because it demonstrates Christ’s victory over death, it gives hope to all mankind, it shows that eternal life is available to believers, it points to the ultimate triumph of God over all evil, and it provides an indisputable proof that the message about Jesus Christ, as both Judge and Saviour, is true.”  Peter Hammond

“And declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of Holiness, by the Resurrection from the dead.”  Romans 1:4

CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED!

Evidence for the Resurrection

Peter Hammond

“And declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of Holiness, by the Resurrection from the dead.” Romans 1:4

Waterloo

In 1815, all of Europe agonized in suspense waiting for news of the impending battle between the Duke of Wellington and the French emperor Napoleon. For over 25 years Europe had been convulsed by the French Revolution, the mass executions of French nobles, the guillotine, and two decades of Napoleonic wars, which had turned all of Europe into a battlefield. Just when they had thought that the threat was over, with Napoleon defeated and in exile on Elba, Napoleon had returned, mustered a huge army and marched to destroy the British Army under the Duke of Wellington. People waited in great anticipation for news of the critical battle, which would decide the future of all of them.

A sailing ship semaphored (signalled with coded flags) the result of the decisive battle. A signalman on the top of Winchester cathedral decoded the message from a ship in the channel: “Wellington defeated…” then fog obscured the ship and the message was sent out throughout the British Isles:“Wellington defeated!” Shock and depression spread with the devastating news. Then several hours later, when the fog lifted, the signal was completed: “Wellington defeated the enemy”! As the full message of the decisive victory at Waterloo was proclaimed throughout the land there was tremendous rejoicing. Wellingtons’ victory at Waterloo ushered in 99 years of peace in Western Europe.

Decisive

The bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is tremendously important. Death is man’s greatest enemy, and it has conquered all men – but Christ. Cities and nations, like people, are born and grow for a season, and then fade away. Homes, clothes, even vehicles, wear out and eventually go back to dust, just as do their owners. The Bible describes this universal reign of decay and death as “the bondage of corruption” (Romans 8:21). In science it is recognised as the Second Law of Thermodynamics – the Law of Increasing Entropy. Left to themselves, every system tends to become disordered, to run down and eventually die. All the founders of great religions and movements have died and you can visit their graves. Zoroaster, Confucius, Buddha, Muhammad, Marx, and Lenin. They are all dead and decayed in the grave. But Jesus Christ is alive!

So, what difference does that make? You may ask. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is vitally important because it demonstrates Christ’s victory over death, it gives hope to all mankind, it shows that eternal life is available to believers, it points to the ultimate triumph of God over all evil, and it provides an indisputable proof that the message about Jesus Christ, as both Judge and Saviour, is true. “Because He has appointed a Day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man Whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:31

The Research of Skeptics

The Resurrection is so important and foundational to Christianity that it has been targeted for the most relentless attacks. Frank Morison, a lawyer, determined to disprove the Resurrection and thereby undermine Christianity. The result of his exhaustive investigations was his conversion to Christ and the publication of his book: “Who Moved the Stone?” which decisively demonstrates the overwhelming evidence for the Resurrection. Continue reading

RESURRECTION

“Now brothers, I want to clarify for you the gospel I proclaimed to you; you received it and have taken your stand on it.  You are also saved by it, if you hold to the eastermessage I proclaimed to you—unless you believe to no purpose.  For I passed on to you as most important what I also received:  that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and He was buried, and He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”  I Corinthians 15:1-3

“’Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.’” Acts 16:30, 31

“So that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast.  For we are His creation—created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of times so that we should walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:7-10

“He [Jesus] said to them, ‘How unwise and slow you are to believe in your hear ts all that the prophets have spoken!  Didn’t the Messiah have to suffer these things and enter into His glory/’ Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.”  Luke 24:25, 26

The Easter Message of Religious Freedom

The Bible’s resurrection tales show us faith based on peaceful persuasion.

Joseph Loconte, The Wall Street Journal, March 29, 2013, p. A 13

As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Easter, they reflect on God’s purposes amid suffering and death. They look forward to the hope of the resurrection. Yet there is another aspect to the Easter story that should be as important to the skeptic as” it is to the be­liever: its message of religious tol­eration. Whether read as history or allegory, the resurrection stories in the gospels offer an ap­proach to faith that challenges the militant religions of our own day. Consider the account in Luke’s gospel about two disciples of Jesus, just days after his crucifix­ion, fleeing Jerusalem for their home in nearby Emmaus. They are fugitives: Jesus was executed on the charge of sedition, after all, and it is not safe for his followers to remain in the city- His horrific death has cast them into a storm of grief and doubt. Continue reading

KNIGHT: Crucial battle in the ‘war on marriage’

Not even the Supreme Court can repeal reality

By Robert Knight, The Washington Times, March 25, 2013

Over the past few weeks, the “war on marriage” has turned into a blitzkrieg.Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

It’s all designed to sway the Supreme Court, which will be hearing arguments this week on California’s voter-approved constitutional marriage amendment and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

A day doesn’t pass without another bomb dropped on the oldest human institution. If it’s not another slanted poll, negatively worded to elicit the “correct” response, it’s a politician sharing his sudden revelation that God didn’t know what He was doing when He created marriage as the union of male and female.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, one of many formerly credible professional associations compromised by political correctness and junk science, has announced that children no longer benefit from a mother and a father in the household. Any two adults will do. Mothers and fathers provide no unique influence.

If you believe that, ask yourself: If your father had been replaced by a lesbian, would your upbringing have been any different? Did your mother provide anything unique to you that your dad didn’t? In the best interests of children, why create motherless or fatherless households by design?

Washington Post columnist George Will on Thursday wrote that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it tramples states’ rights. If you substitute “slavery” wherever Mr. Will uses the word “marriage,” you’ll quickly see the absurdity of his argument.

DOMA defines marriage for federal purposes as the union of a man and woman, but it also says states can’t be forced to adopt faux marriage from other states.

Mr. Will also ignores key Supreme Court cases, such as Murphy v. Ramsey (1885), in which the court held that Utah could not be a state until it abandoned polygamy. By Mr. Will’s reasoning, that should be overturned.

In Baker v. Nelson (1972), the high court upheld the Minnesota Supreme Court’s rejection of a comparison to the Loving v. Virginia (1967) ruling that struck down a ban on interracial marriage: “In common sense and in a constitutional sense, there is a clear distinction between a marital restriction based merely upon race and one based upon the fundamental difference in sex.” Continue reading