Fact and Truth

by J. Randal Matheny
Though it makes a difference to someone, whether a sports team wins a tournament or championship has no effect on my life. Not even on my emotional scale.
Jesus rose from the dead. This is a fact, like the announcement of the winning team of a playoff. But more than a fact, it is a truth. A significant truth. A transforming truth. As Paul said, “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14 ESV).
The truth that Jesus was raised from the grave demands action. The first time this truth was spoken, an angel hurried two disciples out of the tomb.
“He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you” (Matthew 28:6-7).
This truth yanks a fisherman back away from the nets. This truth turns moping and mourning into joy. This truth converts a listless saint into white hot running.
Because this truth changes the whole game. It explodes the locked door of death. It blows away the mists of eternity. It locks down the hope of a happy future. It guarantees our follow-up experience.
“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11).
His resurrection truth becomes our resurrection truth.
This transformational truth we celebrate today as we eat the bread and drink the cup.

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