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FAITH: History’s Pivotal Point

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The Pivotal Point for all of history was not the rise or fall of the Roman Empire.  Neither was it the invention of the wheel.  Man’s ability to fly comes in at a distant position when one is describing history’s pivotal point.  The Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, the Industrial Age, the World Wars and even the formation of the State of Israel all fall far beneath what is, in reality, History’s Pivotal Point.

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Nothing that has ever occurred on the globe is an important as the souls of people.  Nothing I have mentioned carries with it the same level of importance as the coming to earth of Jesus Christ and His dying on the cross for the salvation of the souls of people.  Everything else pales into insignificance when compared to this.

When we talk about the “Christ Event” we are talking about several things taken as one.  We are talking about His birth; His death and His resurrection.  These are the parts of His life which touch our lives with salvation.  The most important of these three things is His resurrection because without it, the rest means very little.

Is it any doubt then, that Satan wants to discredit the resurrection and cause people to doubt it or either to miss the significance it has for our lives.  This is the way different people react:  The atheist denies it all. He just simply rejects the idea that there is a God at all and therefore the Bible and the life of Christ means nothing to him.  He might even admit that Jesus lived because it can be proven historically, but for the atheist that is about all there is to it.  The agnostic simply doesn’t know what he believes.  The word “agnostic” means “without knowledge” so when an agnostic is faced with the resurrection, he just says…”I don’t know.”

If he doesn’t know, then I fail to comprehend how he can be saved.  He lives in the land of indecision which is really a barren desert of unbelief.  

The liberal says, that it probably happened, but that it certainly did not happen the way the Bible says.  He explains it all away in such a way that his mind can accept it.  He places more weight on his intelligence than he does on believing in faith.  And I would remind you that the Bible says “the just shall live by faith.”  So, the resurrection is something that we must believe by faith if it is to have value for us. I do believe that the resurrection of Jesus from the dead was a historical and measurable event, but I also hold it in my heart by faith.

So, here we are on Easter Sunday.  We are now in the final moments of what we call Holy Week.  The full gamut of emotions is represented in the seven days of this special week.  It began with exultation and excitement as Jesus entered Jerusalem.  Then we find sadness and pain as He was beaten and crucified.  But, as we exit the week we experience hope and promise because of the Risen Lord.

Yes, these past seven days are very important and profound days. Within the scope of one week, we go from the depth of man’s depravity to the height of God’s Grace.  From despair to joy; from agony to ecstasy; from death to life; from a question to an exclamation….He Is Risen!!!  Friday was the day Jesus died but because of His resurrection, Sunday was the day death died.

On Friday man’s worst was on display; on Sunday God’s Best was exhibited.  Friday was somber; Sunday was Joyous!  Friday looked like a defeat but Sunday revealed a Victory!  Needless to say, this week runs the full range of human emotions.  What it proves is that man cannot defeat God.  God always wins!

Some time in the early morning hours of what we know as Easter Sunday many years ago, an amazing event took place.  It was an event, which having happened on that ancient Sunday morning, still has eternal significance for all who live today.  All the world has taken note of this occurrence, but Christians hold it especially dear.  When the resurrection of Jesus from the dead happened, something else took place as well; death died.  So then, we might say that Easter Sunday morning was the death of death.

Now, while we know that death is wreaking havoc all over the world at this present time, we are also assured of the fact that the only death it can bring to the Christian is a temporary physical death.  The real power is gone.  It cannot reign eternally and because Jesus was resurrected so you will be resurrected also according to His Word. I invite you to read 1 Corinthians chapter 15, which I think is the most victorious chapter in the Bible.  Death died on Easter Sunday with Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

There is also a day when death will no longer exist, 1 Cor. 15:26.  We have not yet reached that day or point in time when it will completely cease to be, but in God’s Economy of things, it is already an accomplished fact.  Death is defeated; its fate is sealed. Jesus Christ sealed it on Resurrection Day; Easter Sunday, History’s Pivotal Point.

Reverend William (Bill) Harrell has been in ministry 48 years. He served as the pastor of Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez, GA for over 30 of those years. He can be reached at [email protected]. You can also check out his blog at www.williamfharrell.com 

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