Thursday, November 15, 2012

Historical Truth-Thoughts on Heidelberg Catechism Lord's Day 17 from Kevin DeYoung

“There has been no more important event in history than the resurrection of the Son of God. And don’t overlook the word history in that last sentence. Christianity is an historical religion. We believe and proclaim certain events that happened-really happened, as everyone except madmen and New Testament scholars understand things to have really happened. Easter is not about Jesus living on in His teachings or the experience of Jesus coming to life in His disciples. Easter is about a divine Galilean whose heart pumped blood again, whose lungs filled with oxygen again, and whose synapses started firing again.

“What was it that within a few days transformed a band of mourners into the spiritual conquerors of the world?” asked J. Gresham Machen. “It was not the memory of Jesus’ life; it was not the inspiration which came from past contact with Him. But it was the message, ‘He is risen.’ That message alone gave to the disciples a living Saviour; and it alone can give to us a living Saviour today.” If the historical Jesus is something other than the Jesus who died for sins, was buried, and raised to life again, then He was a failure and a fraud and we are mistaken in our devotion to Him.” via the Logos Bible Android app.