I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to the dead. On the third day, He rose again!
- The Apostles Creed
I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.
... if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
“I don’t have faith.”
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.”
Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.”
You don’t have to believe in the resurrection before you investigate the evidence for the resurrection.
“I had faith...but it didn’t last.”
“I had faith...but I grew up.”
“I had faith...but I went college.”
“I had faith…but the church really hurt me.”
“I had faith...but tragedy struck.”
“I had faith...but God didn’t answer my prayer.”
When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see Him. From what he had heard about Him, he hoped to see Him perform a sign of some sort. He plied Him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer.
A God who works on your terms is not a God; He’s a butler.
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course He isn’t safe. But He’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Can you trust that God is good, even when you don’t understand?
“I have faith...but it isn’t making a difference.”
Still others...hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him.
What “many things” are keeping you from the one thing?
“I don’t have faith.”
“I had faith…but it didn’t last.”
“I have faith…but it isn’t making a difference.”
“I died...yet I live.”
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on Earthly things.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Resurrections require death.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live...Do you believe this?”