Pastor's Message - April 2023

  Was the tomb really empty?


Since the life and death of Jesus, people have sought to disprove the. Their thought

is that if the resurrection is disproved, then Christ was not God’s son and that

Christianity therefore has no merit – and certainly is not something to give one’s

life to.


People who seek to disprove the resurrection realize the Christian faith hinges around the resurrection of

Jesus Christ. If there were no resurrection, there cannot be Christianity.


Paul agrees with this assessment when he writes to the church in Corinth: “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins (1 Corinthians 15:17).” Without the death and resurrection of Jesus, our faith is empty or void.

I have no doubt that some reading this don’t believe in the resurrection. I think one of the reasons they don’t believe is that is just doesn’t make sense – it is not logical.

Since the Christian faith hinges on the resurrection, this is something you really should investigate and come to a conclusion about. Just because it doesn’t “make sense” is a ridiculous reason to risk your eternity on.

Two of the main “theories” against the resurrection are that Jesus did not actually die and that someone stole the body from the tomb. There are many resources available to read about these theories (and others) and how they have been disproved.

Two authors in particular sought to disprove the resurrection and as they looked into all the theories, came away with the conclusion that the resurrection is the only plausible solution. I would challenge you to read “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel or “Evidence that Demands a Verdict” by Josh McDowell. Both authors were self-described atheists when they underwent their investigations and both came to the conclusion that Christ indeed was raised from the dead.

I believe the most important issue you must come to terms with is Jesus. Specifically, who was Jesus and what did he do? Did Jesus live on this earth, was he beaten, crucified, died, was buried and that he rose from the dead? Those are the claims from the Bible.

You owe it to yourself to investigate this. If your investigation is “yes”, then Jesus is worth giving your life to in worship and submission. He is worth acknowledging Jesus as “My Lord and My God”. If you come to the conclusion of “no”, then at the very least you have looked into it and investigated it.

As far as I am concerned – and to what I have given my life – “Christ is risen!” … “He has risen indeed!”

I would love to talk with you more about this. Your life depends on it!