In these times of verbosity, it is difficult to decide what actually makes a real difference, what matters. And that will be a matter of perspective for each person. What makes a difference to you might not make a difference to me. So when I say, these three words changed the world, I realize that there are many different views and opinions as to whether something really can make a change.
There have been many quotes throughout history that have changed the view of mankind in that particular era. Martin Luther King’s speech at the mall in Washington D.C. where he said, ” I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Those words should stop and give you pause. What would this nation be like if there was no discrimination? We would live in a much better place. But to some people in the world, it doesn’t mean that much. While it is nice, it doesn’t affect the majority of the people on earth.
He is alive.
These three words changed everything. Prior to the event that precipitated these three words being said, the only way to heaven was to be a Jew, living under the law God had laid out. But now, now we could all go to heaven. All we had to do was just believe. Just believe that Jesus was truly alive and died for my sins. This affected everybody alive and everybody that will be alive. The entire scope of mankind revolves around the resurrection of Jesus. Was it true or made up? If it was true, which I believe, then living life will have a completely different meaning to what it would be like if it wasn’t true. If it wasn’t true, who cares? There are no eternal repercussions. But if it is, well, that something to think about.
These words were spoken by an Angel, sitting in the tomb of Jesus as a group of women came by to take care of the body ofJesus. After seeing him missing, they were confused, mad, frightened. They assumed that someone had come in and taken his body. But nobody had taken him. He was ALIVE. There are many theological ideologies that came about because of this event, but none as important as to what it meant for mankind.
Jesus had said flat out during his time on earth that he was the Son of God. He predicted that he would be put to death, then resurrect three days later. When he said these things prior to all this happening, the people had no idea what he was talking about. In fact, it wasn’t until he revealed himself after he came back before they put it together. I mean who would believe somebody who said they would be raised from the dead?
So, why do I believe? The evidence. The evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the resurrection being true. The most prolific piece of evidence is that the body of Jesus was never recovered. The 2016 movie, Risen, did a fantastic job of showing what happened in the city of Jerusalem after the death of Jesus. There was no way that the Roman government or the Jewish leaders responsible for his death, would not turn over every stone, follow up every lead, raid every house searching for the body. They looked everywhere. Throughout the ages, there has not been one claim by anyone claiming they know where the body of Jesus is. You can be sure, that the critics of Christianity would raise this point all the time if anyone knew.
I would encourage anybody who doesn’t know the history of Jesus, including what was written about him outside of the Bible, to do the research and find out the truth. There is plenty of evidence out there. If these words are true, don’t you want to know?
Is He alive? Yes.