According to Chuck Schumer, Judge Neil Gorsuch isn’t mainstream enough to satisfy the taste of the senator’s caucus. It seems logical that the recent election was a reflection of “mainstream” which leads to the conclusion that the Democrats’ definition of mainstream is way left of center. I do not know if Pharisee Schumer would have approved of Jesus Christ’s far right positions, but it seems ironic that this is the week we acknowledge His murder, burial and resurrection. It is interesting, to say the least, that He who “shall judge the secrets of men” (Romans 2:16) was anything but “mainstream.”
Every time Jesus healed folks on the Sabbath day, ridiculed dead religion or made the ecclesiastical big shots look foolish as a result of Scriptural ignorance, the media moved Him further off center. However, none of these pursuits set the Saviour apart from the crowd more than conquering the grave. Easter, a celebration of the Resurrection throughout the world, is pictured and preached from Liberal pulpits…which still observe it, although they do not believe in it.
The “resurrection” for the news media and the National Council of Churches is actually the “ever living,” “always present,” eternal “verities” of the human life and human teachings of an exemplary human who could “show the way to God.” This “resurrection” is the Greek-agnostic resurrection (or Oriental transmigration of a spiritual nothing into a philosophical less-than-nothing.) The resurrection “from the dead” (Matthew 28:7) is an entirely different thing. Its rejecters- sterile socialists- cannot let it go, and they cannot handle it. They are like a blind man using his fingers to make a honey and jam sandwich.
According to the Apostle Paul, belief and personal confidence in Christ’s physical and literal resurrection is as necessary as belief in His atoning shed blood on the cross. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9). Because of that necessity, the Scriptures mention several “infallible proofs” (Acts 1:2, 3) of an actual, bodily resurrection of the same man who was crucified:
1. The body was missing (Matthew 2:6).
2. Those most anxious to recover the body (the Jewish elders) never recovered it (Matthew 28:15).
3. The resurrected Christ was seen by more than 500 witnesses (I Corinthians 15:5-8).
4. If it was stolen, whoever stole it had the power to “hypnotize” Roman soldiers long enough to steal it (Matthew 28:4).
5. If it was stolen, the stupid thief wasted several precious minutes unwinding the body and folding up the grave clothes into a neat little pile! (John 20:5, 7)
6. If it was stolen, the Roman government and the Jewish Sanhedrin could not find it in forty years, even though the integrity of both was at stake!
7. If it only arose “spiritually,” it could still eat and drink (Luke 24:42).
8. It had “flesh and bones” (Luke 24:39) and testified of its own resurrection forty days after it arose.
Of course, these facts are extracted from the Scriptures, and so to ignore them is tantamount to a blatant rejection of the Word of God in totality. In short, the physical resurrection of the Saviour guarantees five things which are hated, fought, denied, slandered, or stamped out by the liberal intelligentsia because they fear these truths:
1. There is a resurrection before the last judgment.
2. It is a resurrection of born again Bible believers who have accepted the gospel of (I Corinthians 15:1-5).
3. It is proof that no religious person is saved, if he is trusting his own righteousness, motives, sincerity, good works, sacraments, religion, church, or intentions to save him.
4. It is a guarantee that men will have to arise and face God bodily for their deeds in the body and give an account to a Supreme Being who has no more respect for “religion” and “belief in one god” than He does for a drunken atheist.
5. It is a guarantee that by simple, childlike belief and trust in the works and death of God’s Son, the humblest, most ignorant human being can have access to Him.
An ecumenicity that neglects to tell its constituents that salvation is not religion, that the Saviour is not just a teacher, and that the new birth is not a transcendental experience, is nothing but a religious cooperative for slave laborers. Go to the tombs of the world’s great religious leaders, and you will find one great commonality that extends beyond their theology, philosophy or psychology—they are all dead!
“He is not here: for he is risen” (Matthew 28:6). The words ring through the darkness of religion and sacramentalism as a siren splits the midnight. No wonder the doctrines, words and deeds of Jesus Christ continue to haunt the rejecters.