Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Three Greatest Miracles

Dr. David R. ReaganPDFBy Dr. David R. Reagan

The Resurrection of Jesus is one of the three greatest miracles of history — the other two being the Creation and the Incarnation.

The Resurrection is one of the most important facts that separates Christianity from all other world religions. The bodies of the founders of other religions — like Abraham, Mohammed, and Buddha — still rest in their graves, waiting the day of their resurrection. Only the tomb of Jesus is empty. He alone conquered death, and He alone lives today in a resurrected body.

Sixty-five years after His resurrection, Jesus appeared to the Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos in His glorified body (Revelation 1:13-16). John was overwhelmed. He fell at the feet of Jesus as though he was dead. Jesus laid His right hand on John and spoke some of the most comforting words to be found anywhere in the Scriptures (Revelation 1:17-18):

Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.

Read that passage again. Savor it. It should calm your soul if you are a believer.

Jesus is saying, "Fear not, I am the beginning of history; I am the middle of history; I am the end of history; I am the meaning of history. I was dead, but now I am alive forever. I have conquered death, and because of that victory, I have been given the keys to death — the power to give life to those who have died with faith in Me."

The words are reminiscent of what Jesus spoke to Martha before His death, as He stood with her before the tomb of her brother, Lazarus (John 11:25):

I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies...

Satan hates the Resurrection with a passion because it testifies to the fact that Jesus was who He said He was — namely, God in the flesh. Accordingly, Satan has done everything he can throughout history to undermine belief in the Resurrection, and he continues his nefarious assaults to this day.


The Date of the Resurrection

We cannot be certain of the exact year of the Resurrection, but we know from Scripture that it occurred on the Feast of First Fruits which was always held in Bible times on the first Sunday following Passover.

In the Fourth and Fifth Centuries the Church got caught up in a wave of anti-Semitism, and the Church decided to divorce Easter from the Jewish calendar. The church leaders set up a complicated formula for determining Easter day, and the result is that it does not always fall on the Sunday following Passover. This year it does. Passover falls on Tuesday, April 19th, and Easter will be celebrated on the following Sunday, April 24th.


The Name of the Day

I personally detest the term, Easter, because it is derived from the name of the pagan Teutonic goddess of Spring. I prefer the term, Resurrection Day, and I pray that each of you will have a blessed Resurrection Day this year on April 24th as you celebrate the victory of our Lord over death and His promise to give believers in Him the same victory.

Jesus lives! Hallelujah!

7 comments:

Rodney said...

To lump Abraham with founders of false religion is ignorant. Judaism was instituted by the Lord God, though the ordinances provided no justification before God, by faith Abraham was found righteous before God.

Read Romans 11, the Tree of Promise and the Root is Holy, the Gentiles were but grafted in by faith, that is truth. Before you boast remember this, that if you fall into unbelief the Lord can surely restore the natural branches. I hope I never see such a foolish statement again from this ministry.

Rodney said...

It is evidenced that the Church has fallen in unbelief, for even their ministers believe that the power and miracles provided by the Holy Spirit has ceased. That many of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are no longer required, needed, or in operation. These are ignorant men, reprobate, not knowing that these were provided for the equipping of the Saints as ministers of the Gospel. The power is not evident because the Lord does not entrust these powerful gifts to slothful servants or those that would abuse this power for earthly gain.

hartdawg said...

actually you left out the greatest miracle of all...salvation j

Billy said...

Rodney, I think you are taking the sentence "lumping" those together out of it's intended context.

What I found interesting is calling Judism a "other" religion. (It's hard to put into words but...) I've always felt that Christianity sprang from or was a continuation of Judism. For an analogy I'd say just as a catepillar turns into a butterfly. The New Testament is a beautiful continuation and realization of the message of the Old Testament of the coming Savior and salvation through Him.

Billy said...

I thought I was spelling Judaism wrong.

Billy said...

Rodney said "the Tree of Promise and the Root is Holy, the Gentiles were but grafted in by faith, that is truth."

Are you saying that the Jews do not need the blood of Christ to be saved?

(Obviously I don't understand your point)

Rodney said...

No, my friend, salvation only comes through Christ. Yeshua the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, seed of Abraham, heir to the throne of David. It is Yeshua that was the fulfillment of the seed of promise, which by faith there remains no more Jew or Gentile but are one united in Christ. Abraham also knew the land in which he searched for was not an earthly habitation. The Apostles through the Holy Spirit understood that the Temple in which they would worship would not be made by human hands.