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Because of Easter … the Bible is True

5 April, 2010

I know that seems like a leap of reasoning, but it’s not — it’s more like a chain of reasoning.

Almost two thousand years ago, an obscure Jewish Rabbi, without formal education and spending almost his entire life in the backwaters of Palestine, said things only God should be able to say and did things only God should be able to do, and made astonishing claims as to his identity and the purpose of his life.

What did he offer as proof that his claims were true, and that he could be taken at his word? ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up…. He spoke of the temple of his body.’ (John 2:19-21).

Because Jesus rose bodily from the grave and from the bonds of death on Easter Sunday, he has proven definitively that he is the only one who has conquered Satan, death and hell. He is both the God who came to seek and save, and the only human being who has ever faithfully accomplished that work that we were given, and failed to do (Phil 2:5-11; Rom 5:12ff.). And now, he is raised and glorified, as both God and man in the unity of his person, that he might by his Spirit bring us to the Father.

But what about the truth of the Bible? Well, because Jesus rose from the dead, and verified and vindicated all his otherwise completely outlandish claims, that means that what he said about the Old Testament scriptures is true: they ‘cannot be broken’ (John 10:35); it must all surely come to pass and be fulfilled (Matt 5:8), because it is the very word of God (Matt 15:6).

And the New Testament was written by those whom Jesus himself both commissioned and equipped for the task of being his witnesses to all the earth, the foundation of the church together with the Old Testament prophets, Christ himself being the chief cornerstone of all (Acts 1:8; Eph 2:20). Christ enabled his apostles not only to speak about him, but to bear his very words by the power of the Holy Spirit (John 17:8ff.). Recognition of the reality and responsibility of this commission from the Lord is visible throughout the New Testament itself (e.g. John 20:30, 31; Rom 1:5; 10:3; Gal 1:1-11; Col 2:6, 7; Heb 1:3; 1 Peter 1:24, 25; 2 Peter 3:15, 16; Rev 1:3).

Some who misunderstood Jesus’ promise to ‘rebuild this temple’ thought he was speaking of Herod’s temple in Jerusalem, and mocked him (Matt 27:39, 40). But because he was speaking of his own body, and it came to pass by the power of his Father (Acts 2:24, 32, 33), we have every reason to worship him together with the Father and the Spirit, and take him fully at his holy word.

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