Monday 5th April 2021
WHY SEEK THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD?
Pastor Soong Kok Kee
Luke 24: 4-8 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Then they remembered his words.
Today is the first day after Easter – the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ over two thousand years ago. The Resurrection of our Lord has been called the Cornerstone of Christianity – that Christianity stands or falls with the Resurrection. And for that reason, so many since then have tried to prove the Resurrection never happened.
In 1930 there was a young lawyer in England called Frank Morison who for years promised himself that one day he would write a book to prove that the resurrection of Jesus never happened. He was an honest man, so he set out to study all the necessary and relevant documents. The book was finally written “Who Moved the Stone?”. It became a best seller, but the contents of that book was not what he had originally set out to write. For in the course of his research, being a lawyer, he found that all the evidences point to one fact – Christ did rise from the dead. He became a Christian.
Another young man, Lew Wallace also set out to do the same thing Morison intended to do – write a book to prove that Jesus never rose from the dead. Again, after much research he came to the same conclusion – Jesus did rise from the dead. He also became a Christian and told his wife he now couldn’t write that book he intended to write. His wife told him to write another book. He did and the result was “Ben Hur” – the moving story about our Lord Jesus Christ. Later it was made into a film that touched the lives of many people.
Morison and Wallace should have known better. For the past 2000 years, much cleverer and more intelligent men and women than them had tried, but none had succeeded. But we admired Morison and Wallace for their honesty, they admitted they couldn’t find any holes in the resurrection and they became Christians. May I challenge those of you who are not Christians yet, to do the same thing – look at all the evidences, weigh the facts and then make a decision to invite this risen Christ into your life to be your Lord and Saviour.
For us Christians, the resurrection of our Lord had taken away our fear of death for He had defeated death once and for all. “Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks to be God. He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor 15: 54-57). Because Jesus had risen from the dead and had conquered death, we who believe in Him will also rise from the dead just as He had. Jesus says “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11: 25-26).
Remember that thief on the cross who said to him “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Our Lord answered him “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23: 42-43). No wonder Paul said “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain. I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far.” (Phil 1: 21, 23). Yes, my dear brothers and sisters, as Christians, we should not fear death, for death is only the door whereby we must enter to be with our Lord eternally. As did the thief on the cross, and Paul, and for us too when our time comes.
Because He lives I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives All fear is gone.
Because I know, I know
He holds the future.
And life is worth the living
Just because He lives.
PRAYER: Father God, thank you for sending your one and only Son Jesus Christ to die for us on that cruel cross so we may have forgiveness of sin and eternal life. We want to pray for all our family members and friends who have not come to know you yet, that you will reveal yourself to them in some special ways that they will know Jesus too as the risen Lord and Saviour. In Jesus precious name we pray AMEN.
今天是复活节 – 两千多年前我们的主耶稣基督复活 – 后的第一天。我们主的复活被称为基督教的基石 – 复活与基督教的存亡攸关。基于这原因，从那时起，许多人都试图证明复活一事从未发生过。
1930年，英国有一位年轻的律师，名叫弗兰克•莫里森（Frank Morison），多年来他答应自己，有一天他会写一本书来证明耶稣的复活从未发生过。他是一个诚实的人，所以他着手研究所有必要和相关的文件。这本书 “墓石悬谜” 终于写成了，它成了畅销书；但那本书的内容并不是他最初打算写的。因为在他的研究过程中，作为一名律师，他发现所有的证据都指向一个事实 – 基督确实从死里复活了。他成了一名基督徒。
另一位年轻人，卢·华莱士(Lew Wallace)也着手做莫里森（Morison）打算做的同样的事情 – 写一本书以证明耶稣不曾从死里复活。再一次，经过多番研究，他得出了相同的结论 – 耶稣确实从死里复活了。他也成为了一名基督徒，并告诉他的妻子，他现在无法写他打算写的那本书了；他的妻子叫他写另一本书。他照做了，结果就是 “宾虚” – 一个关于我们的主耶稣基督的感人故事。后来，它被拍成了一部电影，感动了许多人的生命。
莫里森和华莱士早该知道。在过去的2000年里，比他们更聪明的男女都尝试过，可是没有一位成功。但我们钦佩莫里森和华莱士的诚实，他们承认在复活中找不到任何漏洞，于是他们成了基督徒。请允许我挑战您们仍未是基督徒的人，做同样的事情 – 查看所有的证据、权衡事实，然后作出决定邀请这位复活的基督进入您的生命，成为您的主和救主。
对我们基督徒来说，我们主的复活消除了我们对死亡的恐惧，因为祂一次过彻底地战胜了死亡。“死被得胜吞灭。死啊，你得胜的权势在哪里？死啊，你的毒钩在哪里？死的毒钩就是罪，罪的权势就是律法。感谢神，使我们藉着我们的主耶稣基督得胜。” (哥林多前书15:54-57) 因为耶稣已经从死里复活，并且征服了死亡，我们相信祂的人也会像祂一样从死里复活。耶稣说：“复活在我，生命也在我，信我的人，虽然死了，也必复活。凡活着信我的人，必永远不死。”（约翰福音11:25-26)。