Easter Sunday, 4 April, 2021
Title : He has risen!
By Elder Bryan Lee 李惠隆
5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
A year of movement control order due to the pandemic has taken its toll. So a few weeks ago when the movement control was relaxed, my wife and I drove to a shopping mall nearby home. I parked the car in a nice and safe parking lot. After doing our shopping we walked back to the car only to find it missing. A sense of panic overwhelmed us. “A thief has stolen our car!” I said. We were very sure we parked at that spot. Not wanting to give up, we went looking for the car and thank God the car was there many rows away from the spot we thought we had parked. We realized we exited the mall through a different location, thus ended up at the wrong but similar looking parking row.
On that first Easter morning, Mary Magdalene couldn’t find Jesus’ body in the tomb. Yes, she went to the right tomb. The body was missing!
The angel proclaimed “He is not here, for he has risen.”
New York Times best selling author Lee Strobel was a former investigative journalist who graduated from Yale Law School.
By his own confession he was a skeptic who lived a life of immorality and drunkenness. “I was living a hedonistic and narcissistic life,” he testified later.
In the autumn of 1979, Strobel’s wife Leslie became a Christian. Intrigued by Leslie’s positive changes in her character and attitudes, Strobel launched an all-out investigation into the facts surrounding the case for Christianity. In particular, if he could prove that the Resurrection did not occur, Christianity would collapse like a house of cards. The investigation would take him nearly two years.
He wrote in his book “The Case for Christ.”……
“Setting aside my self-interest and prejudices as best I could, I read books, interviewed experts, asked questions, analyzed history, explored archaeology, studied ancient literature, and for the first time in my life picked apart the Bible verse by verse.
By November 8, 1981, my legend thesis, to which I had doggedly clung for so many years, had been thoroughly dismantled. What’s more, my journalistic skepticism toward the supernatural had melted in the light of the breathtaking historical evidence that the Resurrection of Jesus was a real, historical event.”
And on that date Lee Strobel became a follower of Jesus Christ.
The Resurrection is not a legend. Down through the centuries no one has succeeded in proving that our Lord’s Resurrection was a hoax and no one ever will. Jesus said to Martha, “I am the Resurrection and the life…”John 11:25. The truth in the Bible can never be proven wrong. Lee Strobel was totally convinced after a thorough and exhaustive investigation that lasted nearly 2 years. In his book, he interviewed thirteen leading scholars and authorities who have impeccable academic credentials.
The apostle Paul says “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain………your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”1 Cor 15:14,17
The Resurrection is the lynchpin of our faith.
Today as we celebrate this historical event, remember that because of the Resurrection of our Lord we serve a risen savior. He is here with us.
And because He lives, our lives are never futile. In the living Christ we find meaning and purpose.
Because He lives, our failures are not fatal. He is the God of second chances.
Because He lives, our death is not final. He says “Because I live, you also will live.”John 14:19.
Thank you Lord for Easter. Amen.
翻譯 : 林良億姐妹
他的书《基督的案子》(The Case of Christ)写道：
使徒保罗说：“14 若基督没有复活，我们所传的便是枉然，你们所信的也是枉然。17 基督若没有复活，你们的信便是徒然，你们仍在罪里” (林前15: 14，17)