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Why I Hope

April 13, 2009

Yesterday we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ.   On Saturday, my local newspaper carried a column written by Erik Reece in which he took the position that Christians shouldn’t celebrate the death of Christ, just His life.  Reece was raised in the church but no longer believes in the resurrection of Christ.  

This is not a new claim. The Apostle Paul spoke to this in 1 Corinthians 15: 12-22.

12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

I have chosen to put my hope in the bodily resurrection of Christ.  I do this not out of my own imagination but because of the eye witness accounts given in the New Testament.  

This Easter, Rev. John Piper gave a sermon entitled “I Have Seen the Lord”.  Below is a short excerpt from the sermon.  I encourage you to not only  watch this video clip but also go to his site and watch the entire sermon.  

Scripture taken from the New International Version of the Bible

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One Comment leave one →
  1. jamee permalink
    April 14, 2009 7:34 AM

    I must go back and read this artcle. All 3 letters to the editor today were in response to the article….. I have a book by Noel Piper that I just love….I want more….

    Happy Easter Tuesday!

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