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September 22, 2014, 9:20 AM

An Event


It was an Event, Not an Idea

   Throughout my ministry, I have met many people who have expressed the conviction that they have all of the answers to living the Christian life. I have learned that when someone says that they have all the answers, I distance myself as quickly as I can. No one has the complete knowledge, just like no one lives the perfect life. I said that once in a sermon and while shaking hands at the door, one old fellow leaned over to me and said that his wife’s first husband was perfect. So, I have found it interesting, to say the least, when someone says that Jesus’ resurrection was just an idea.

   All through the New Testament, Jesus’ resurrection is treated as an event, not as an idea. It did happen … Jesus’ resurrection is a datable historical event.  We can neither fully explain the resurrection, nor explain it away.  It explains the Christian church. Someone has said,
the resurrection is God’s ‘Amen’ to Jesus … It is finished.

   According to the apostle Paul, by His resurrection, Jesus was designated Son of God in power (Romans 1:4). That is, faith in Jesus as the Son of God was validated by God’s raising Him from the dead. We say in theological circles that “good is not at the mercy of evil; it will triumph. The last word is not with the powers of evil, it is with God.”

   We have, therefore, an ultimate gospel, and we can also say with the apostle Paul, “In all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). So, “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

   For those who use this article in a Sunday school class, let me make a statement and ask a question. Try to imagine what life would be like if Jesus had not been raised from the dead. What difference has His resurrection made in your own life? 09.21.2014

Dr. Rick Baggett is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore, the church with the bells, and can be reached at:


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