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He Is Alive

We serve a risen Savior. This fact is uniquely Christian. Our Savior lives! If we know Christ, we can most definitely echo the words of the hymn writer, Alfred H. Ackley, “Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. . . .You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.”

Ackley wrote those words in 1932. He met a Jewish man to whom he began witnessing. But the man resisted the gospel saying, “Why should I worship a dead Jew?”

That statement played on Alfred’s mind as he prepared his Easter Sunday message. Rising early to prepare for the day, Alfred flipped on the radio as he shaved and was astonished to hear a liberal preacher in New York say, “Good morning, its Easter! You know folks it really doesn’t make any difference to me if Christ be risen or not. As far as I am concerned his body could be as dust in some Palestinian tomb. The main thing is His truth goes marching on.”

Alfred wanted to fling the radio across the room. “It’s a lie,” he exclaimed. That morning Alfred preached with great vigor on the reality of Christ’s resurrection, and he did the same at the evening service. But later that night, he was still exercised by the Jewish man’s question and the morning radio sermon. His wife finally said to him, “It’s time you did that which you can do best. Why don’t you write a song about it and maybe you’ll feel better.”

So Alfred went to his study, opened the Bible and reread the resurrection account of Mark’s gospel. Next, he began writing the words and a few minutes later he was at the piano putting it to music. The result is that well known Easter hymn “He Lives.” (Morgan, Robert J. Then Sings My Soul.)

Meditate on the Resurrection of Christ anew. See His hand of mercy. Rejoice that He is the Hope of all who seek Him and the Help of all who find. And that there is none other so loving, so good and kind. And when those times come that your heart grows weary, don’t despair; the day of His appearing will come at last.

He Lives!

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Was Christ’s physical body resurrected from the dead?

How you answer this question makes all the difference in the world. Without the bodily resurrection of Christ, you might as well tear up your Bible, fire the Pastor, and close your church because Christianity is false, and there is no hope for salvation and immortality.

The physical resurrection of Christ is the very capstone of our faith, and without it Christianity crumbles. For this very reason the resurrection of Christ is constantly attacked; and therefore, we must be equipped to defend this essential point by looking at both the biblical and historical record.

The Bible is jam-packed with references to the physical resurrection of Christ. For example, Peter declares that Christ’s “soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses” (Acts 2:31-32). John also declares, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life” (1 John 1:1).

Furthermore, the confessions of Christianity are replete with references to the physical resurrection of the Redeemer. From early church history to the Reformation. For example, Cyril of Jerusalem thundered, “Let no heretic ever persuade thee to speak evil of the resurrection.”

Additionally, the characteristics of Christ’s body bear eloquent truth to his physical resurrection. Jesus invited his disciples to examine his resurrected body so that they would know beyond any doubt that it was His exact same body. “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have” (Luke 24:39).

Was Christ physically resurrected from the dead? Absolutely! Apart from this affirmation there is no Christian faith.

We serve a risen Savior!

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