The resurrected Jesus is called the “first born among many brothers,” Romans 8:29. All who are in Christ will receive glorified bodies like His when He comes again to judge the living and the dead. If we remain alive when Christ returns, we “shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.” 1 Corinthians 15:51,52.
The biblical and historical evidence is overwhelming for Jesus’ resurrection. In light of so great a body of factual documentation, it would seem unlikely that men would persist in unbelief. But unbelief is all around us. Jesus said the reason is that men loved darkness rather than light, John 3:19.
On Sunday the world will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many will visit churches for the first time. Some only make it their practice to go to church two or three times a year. Prayers will be said. The Scriptures will be read. Everyone will be looking forward to an uplifting sermon from the pastor. Yet the hearts of many will remain cold to the truth. There will likely be no acknowledgement of the impact of the resurrection of Jesus on their lives.
The place to be on Easter Sunday is the local church. God has chosen the means by which He saves His people. The preaching of the word is the vehicle through which the Christ is heard. Romans 10:14.
God has given the ordinary means of salvation to the church.
The Westminster Confession of Faith, written in the 17th Century states that, “The visible church … is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, the house and family of God, out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation.” The ordinary places through which God saves the lost are churches preaching the Bible.
My prayer for Easter Sunday is that many would attend a local church where the word of God is faithfully preached, so that the word of God in concert with the Spirit of God will effectually call men and women to Himself.
May you have a blessed and joy-filled Easter celebration of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus!
The Rev. Lou Tiscione is pastor of Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA).