EVANSTON, Ill. (BP)--The resurrection can bring to mind so many associative memories: from decorating Easter eggs with PAAS dye and wax crayons, to poignant and precious moments with family, to particular Easter services that moved hearts and changed lives. And of course there is the music: "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" and "Low in the Grave He Lay," as well as less formal favorites as "When We All Get to Heaven" and "I'll Fly Away."
There are so many memories and emotions connected to Easter, but it all rests on one simple, propositional truth. Our Baptist Faith and Message puts it this way: "Jesus was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion."
Southern Seminary's Abstract of Principles puts it this way: "He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He ever liveth to make intercession for His people."
Most importantly, the Scripture puts it this way: "For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve" (1 Corinthians 15:3-5).
The resurrection of our Lord and Savior is more than just the object of sentimental reflection or the center of doctrinal statements. The Bible indicates the resurrection that took place almost 2,000 years ago has ramifications that span the millennia ... Read More