Why do we believe in what we believe? What causes us to follow a God we cannot “see” or “touch?” Why are we convicted of a resurrection we were not witnesses to? In order for something to be true, do we need to be eyewitnesses to it? Of course not. Many will deny God and what the Bible teaches according to Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection because they need to see it to believe it.
We believe in history that took place over a century ago, such as World War I, yet, nobody we know is alive today who can testify of it. We can rely heavily on eyewitness testimonials of events in history that were written down and recorded. But why do we trust them? If we must see something in order to believe in it, then we must look at history that happened over a hundred years ago as highly suspect? The problem for that type of logic is, we have the world to testify that World War II happened, therefore, we can be assured that World War I was a true event.
In the New Testament, the 1st-Century church had conviction about Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. In 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, the Apostle Paul wrote, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as one untimely born, He appeared to me also.”
We can know the resurrection of Christ is true, just like we can know World War I was true. Remember, many who professed Christ were brutally murdered. Why would anyone testify to a lie if it meant them being tortured and killed for it? Nobody in their right mind would.
Are we convicted Jesus died, was buried and arose from the grave? To the disciples of Christ, it was real. What is it to us today? How will we respond? If we truly are convicted of the empty tomb it will then show forth in our lives. Our conviction will be in the testimony of how we live as His. We will share the good news of Jesus Christ to everyone we are able to? Conviction shows action. Let’s be active in sharing Christ in our lives.