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What Luther Says

He Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

This is great stuff from LCMS President Matthew Harrison (albeit from last year).

Let's not take any of what he said (or a day like today) for granted.

Let's not choose to ignore Easter either as some Christians want to.

After all, Holy Week is so important for the average Christian to prayerfully consider.

Why? I'll let Pastor Harrison answer that for us.

What a powerful message as well as a good reminder for each and every one of us, especially as the world teeters on the edge of falling even farther away from the Lord.

Thank God we have Jesus Christ as our Comforter, Redeemer, and Savior through it all!

My dear friends, let's rejoice on this day!

The beauty of it all is that there are so many proofs for Jesus' resurrection, but I was reminded of what Paul wrote for us under His divine inspiration in 1 Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 15:12-19 (ESV) 12Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

In this passage, Paul says that if there is a better explanation for what happened to Jesus three days after his death and burial, then Christians have wasted their time and their lives.

Paul believed so strongly in the evidence for the historical, bodily resurrection of Jesus that he actually -- get this -- points out the place where enemies and skeptics should attack Christianity if they are trying to defeat it

The historical, bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is extremely important because it proves He can be trusted..

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!


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