Weekly Pastoral Message prepared by Rev. Murray Adamthwaite
for Sunday 6th April 1997
From the Pastor: The Resurrection II
How do we know that Christ rose from the dead? Multitudes around us are
insisting. like king Agrippa, that it is "a thing incredible that God should
raise the dead" (cf. Acts 26:8).|
One popular answer appears in the Easter song which has the chorus,
He lives within my heart.
While not denying for a moment that Christ's resurrection power produces a work
within us, and a consequent experience (see Ephesians 1:19-20;
Colossians 1:29), I must confess that I have always had a problem with this
line of reply. A subjective experience is never the basis of knowledge in the
New Testament. On the contrary, it is "what we have heard, what we beheld and
our hands touched, concerning the Word of Life ... we proclaim to you also"
(1 John 1:1,3). We know on the basis of the testimony of the apostles, who
were eyewitnesses of the risen Christ (Acts 2:32).
Though you have not seen Him, believe in your heart the apostolic testimony
that he is risen indeed, and enter into the same joy as the disciples who
were glad when they saw the Lord (John 20:20).