Extra! “Jesus Crucified, Buried”

Posted: September 7, 2012 in 1 Corinthians, Hell, Japan, Resurrection, Salvation, Security

  Had there been newspapers in Christ’s day, the headlines of the Jerusalem Star Tribune the day after Passover might have read, “Jesus Crucified, Buried.”  That would have been good news to hypocritical religious leaders who hated Him but bad news to His followers.

  Extra! Extra!  But three days later the headlines would have read, “Jesus Alive!”  Had the scribes and Pharisees opened up their newspaper that Sunday morning, they would have been greatly troubled.  After all, they made sure that the huge stone that was placed in front of the tomb was secured with Rome’s seal and that guards were posted there day and night for three days.  This was done because Jesus had said that He would rise from the dead on the third day (Matthew 12:40; John 10:17, 18).  They wanted to make sure that this didn’t happen.  But they couldn’t hold Him down.

  Headlines.  You see, in the newspaper business journalists are told, “If it bleeds, it leads.”  In other words, bad news sells newspapers.  But extremely good news also sells newspapers.  When World War II was over, the headlines might have read, “War Over.  Japan Surrenders!”  That was good news for us but it was bad or sad news to the Japanese.

  Gospel.  The Gospel has bad news and good news in it.  The bad news is that Jesus died for our sins and was buried for three days.  The good news is that He rose bodily from the dead, was seen by over 500 witnesses, and is alive to this day (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Hebrews 7:25).  The bad news turned out to be beneficial for us because Jesus was dying for our sins so we wouldn’t have to pay the penalty for our sins in the lake of fire forever (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46).  He died as the Just One for us, the unjust ones (1 Peter 3:18).  It was a once and for all payment (Hebrews 10:10).

  Swoon?  His resurrection from the dead was not merely a resuscitation from the dead.  He didn’t just swoon (faint) and come back to life after three days.  There are examples of people in the Old and New Testaments who were resuscitated back to life only to die again.

  Proof.  The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead proves many things to us:  He is the God-man (Romans 1:4; John 1:1-18; 5:18; 10:3-33), God is omnipotent (Philippians 3:10; Ephesians 3:20), judgment day is coming (Acts 17:31; John 5:22; 16:11), Christ’s sacrifice for our sins satisfied God the Father’s outraged holiness against our sins (Romans 4:25; 1 John 2:2), all dead people will be raised from the dead some day (1 Corinthians 15:21, 22).

  Resurrections.  There are five resurrections mentioned in Scripture (1 Corinthians 15:23, 24, 51-53; Revelation 11:11).  In which one will you be raised?  If you’re reading this article, please make sure that you are trusting in Christ alone for your salvation or you will be raised in the end resurrection which isn’t good (Revelation 20:11-15).  We aren’t saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  And by the way, there are no second chances to be saved once you are dead (Hebrews 9:27).  Annihilation or reincarnation are not taught in the Word of God.

  Good Works.  But once we’ve trusted in Christ alone for our salvation, the good works we do should be a demonstration to other human beings that we have been saved from hell and are on our way to heaven (Ephesians 2:10; James 2:14-20).  Beware!  The devil and his false teachers will do all they can to confuse you about how to be saved.

  Last Enemy.  The last enemy that Jesus will defeat is death itself (1 Corinthians 15:26).  How will He do this?  Just before the end of time He will raise up all the unsaved dead people, judge them according to their works, and determine the degree of suffering they will experience throughout eternity (Revelation 20:11-15).  Yes, there are degrees of suffering in hell as there are degrees of joy in heaven (Matthew 10:15; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

  Decision.  The only time you have to make your decision as to what you will do with Jesus Christ is now while you are physically alive.  Since our lives are like a vapor (James 4:14), wouldn’t it be wise for you to believe on Him right now if you’ve never done so before?

  Help.  We’re here to help you if you want spiritual help and assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13).  If you think that you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation?  Be honest with yourself.  Jesus talked about people who thought they would enter the kingdom of heaven only to hear Him say to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:23).  Eternity is more than we can comprehend, but let’s choose to believe Jesus and His Word, the Bible.

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