Romans 6:3,4 And just as Christ was raised from death by the wonderful power of the Father, so we can now live a new life.
Walking in Newness of Life
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So, did Jesus really rise from the dead, or was it all a plot, a scam concocted by those hapless disciples of His? What does the evidence say? Let’s take a look.
Seductive, glossy advertisements all promise us a new life. Take this holiday and you’ll feel like a new person. Buy this moisturiser and you’ll be a new person. You know the routine. But it doesn’t matter how much we spend, we’re never going to be a new person. It’s all a scam.
A couple of thousand years ago in what today we call Israel, a carpenter from Nowheresville was nailed to a cross. A few days later, the stone to His tomb was rolled away and hundreds reported seeing Him alive.
One possibility is that it was all a scam. Perhaps His disciples stole the body. Yet over the next few decades, each one of those disciples was beaten and killed for proclaiming that Christ was risen. A scam? I don’t think so. Another possibility was that the authorities took the body, but rumours of a resurrection was something they didn’t want or need. There’s a third possibility; He’s actually alive – I’m going with that one, not just because it seems the most plausible explanation (which by far it is!) but because I know it’s true. How do I know?
Romans 6:4 And just as Christ was raised from death by the wonderful power of the Father, so we can now live a new life.
Literally, Paul writes in the original Greek, “so that we might walk in newness of life”. How do I know that Christ is risen? Because for the last quarter of a century I’ve been walking in that newness of life. And it is, quite simply, awesome.
A fresh start. A new life.
That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.