Our old status lies in his tomb. Martin Luther 4 Because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. That meant following him was the most rational and logical step I could possibly take.
A new status is ours through his resurrection. Because of that event, history was split. Without his rising from the grave, all the rest of it would be meaningless.
Jakes For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: 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, and then to the Twelve.
Wright A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world.
Indeed, following him would inevitably bring divine demotions in the eyes of the world. Because of His resurrection, we can have peace during even the most troubling of times because we know He is in control of all that happens in the world.
Raise your joys and triumphs high; Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply. Ephesians Our old history ends with the cross; our new history begins with the resurrection.
The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead. Ferguson Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
Do you believe this?