(April 02, 2022) Dr Jim McClure, noted theologian, shares great Easter truths…
Many years ago when I was ministering in the north-east England, I received a phone call from my brother to tell me that our father had died. In deep grief my wife, Jean, and children got in the car and drove overnight to Stranraer in Scotland to catch the ferry to Northern Ireland. During the drive in the dark of night I was consumed with sadness.
As dawn arrived and the sun began to rise and dispel the darkness, I remembered that in a few days Christians throughout the world would be celebrating Easter with is message of Jesus’ resurrection – death had been defeated and its darkness had been overcome!
That glorious message penetrated my despair as I realised that the sting of death had been forever removed when Jesus rose triumphantly from the tomb. Of course the sadness remained but the bleak darkness had been defeated, and I was comforted by the knowledge that because of Jesus’ victory over the death, I would see my father again.
I love Easter! I love its glorious affirmation of the triumph of God over Satan, the triumph of life over death, the triumph of good over evil.
(April 01, 2021) Dr Jim McClure, straight shooting theologian writes…
Some years later at a meeting of ministers, a retired minister posed the question, ‘Does it really matter whether or not the body of Jesus physically came alive again? Perhaps his physical body did not rise from the tomb, but he rose as a spirit being and that is what the idea of the resurrection is really about.’
Throughout history people have responded in different ways to that amazing historical event of Christ’s resurrection that occurred 2000 years ago.
1. It has been challenged From the first Easter day the fact of Jesus’ resurrection has been challenged! Even his disciples didn’t accept it when they were first told about it… and Thomas categorically stated, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it’ (John 20:25).
And just over 20 years after the resurrection Paul wrote to the Corinthians, ‘… some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?’ (1 Corinthians 15:12).
Clearly there were some people in that church who did not accept the fact that Jesus rose from the tomb. And there continues to be those who identify with the church but challenge the truth of the bodily resurrection of Jesus.