By Mary Baird
Acts l: 3
On a routine visit to my doctor, it was discovered that I had a potential problem. My doctor gave me several reasons for the problem but could not say for certain. He made a guess based on his years of experience and training and felt it was nothing to worry about but wanted me to go for some tests that would either prove or disprove his prognosis. I had a couple of tests run (that cost me a pretty penny) and then my doctor had me come in to go over the results. He could now say with certainty that nothing was wrong and that the problem would go away on its own. My doctor now had infallible proofs that his first diagnosis was correct and I could put it out of my mind.
The verse in Acts uses a word with the strongest meaning in the Greek. It says that the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ was verified with many infallible proofs. In other words, our Lord did things or showed things that could not be misunderstood. His bodily resurrection was proven beyond any question and there were many eye witnesses of His proofs.
If you’ve been a Christian very long, the fact of the resurrection of Jesus seems pretty elementary. But when you begin to process the importance of that fact, it becomes clear that because the resurrection did happen, it leaves man without any excuse for ignoring the fact of the deity of Jesus and the work He accomplished on the cross. We are told that the resurrection is proof that God accepted His sacrifice on behalf of mankind.
In fact this is so important that the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:17 says, “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins.” This tells me that just saying you believe in Christ might need some fine tuning. Satan believes in Christ. Who do you believe Christ is? Many cults say they believe in Jesus but they do not believe he rose bodily from the grave. They do not believe that Jesus is in fact, God the Son.