The Fact of the Resurrection
In Acts chapter 5 a Pharisee of standing, named Gamaliel, said something to the high priest and to the rest of the council. Because he was a teacher of the law, and highly respected by the people, his words carried weight. This is a portion of what he said at the trial of Peter and the Apostles when the high priest and others wanted to kill Peter and the rest of the Apostles.
“So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God!” So they took his advice, and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.” Acts 5:38-42
They were boldly proclaiming the gospel because they knew one fact based on personal seeing, hearing and even touching Jesus after the resurrection. They saw him ascend into heaven. They remembered his words. The resurrection was real. This is a very important fact that Paul reminds us of in his letter to the church at Corinth. “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 ESV
Who are you in?
A very unlikely Christian, for those who knew him in President Nixon’s day, was Charles Colson. He came to faith because he examined the facts. Charles Colson was a fool before Christ and then became a fool for Christ. In Christ he shall be made alive.