What Does the
Mean to Me,
Personally? BY GEORGE L. FAULL
A city slicker moved to the
country. He met a country girl
and he wanted to win her
heart. He gave her a ring out of a Cracker Jack box that
was studded with colored glass. They looked like red
Rubies, blue Emeralds, and green Sapphire stones. He
told her the big center diamond was real.
Of course she did not believe it. She rejected the
diamond with these words, "Why would anyone set a real
diamond among fake jewels?"
Why do Christians, who are trying to win the heart of the
world, set the diamond of the resurrection amidst a fake
setting of Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter hams,
Easter lilies, and hot cross buns, then put it on a movable
date determined by the moon, and then call the
celebration after a pagan goddess of fertility and
fornication? No wonder some find it hard to believe!!!
You know the True story.
Jesus was crucified.
The disciples were sad, but He arose.
The women were told by the angels, "Why seek the living
among the dead? He is not here. He has risen as He
The disciples did not believe.
He appeared unto Mary. She was told, “Why weep ye?
Go tell My disciples.” But the disciples did not believe.
Peter saw Him. Some did not believe.
He appeared unto the ten and commissioned them to wait
in Jerusalem. Luke 24
Thomas was absent and he would not believe. Later,
Jesus appeared to all the apostles, and Thomas believed.
John 20:22 ff
Jesus appeared unto them again and rebuked them for
their unbelief of not believing the women. He
commissioned them again. Mark 16
He then appeared again in Galilee. Still some doubted.
He commissioned them again. Matthew 28
Today, unbelief is still common.
The women saw an empty tomb and were spoken to by
angels; but could not prove it.
Mary saw Him; but could not prove it.
Peter saw Him; but could not prove it.
The Apostles saw Him; but could not prove it.
The men on the road to Emmaus saw Him; but could not
500 brethren saw Him at once; but could not prove it.
Did it happen? I do not like the song, “You ask me how I
know He lives, He lives within my heart.” That’s
It boils down to these objective truths:
The empty tomb.
The grave clothes were empty.
The testimony of witnesses who gave their lives as
The Church is here.
The Word is a testimony.
The conversion of Saul of Tarsus.
Spring only hints of it. (There is hope of a tree that when it
dies, it shall live again. A seed must fall and die or it
cannot bring forth fruit.) Job 14:7, John 12:24
Did it happen? Does it make any difference? Why must
we have a resurrection? Can't we just have His good
moral teaching and His great example? Why is all this
dead, buried, and risen stuff necessary anyway?
"From the cowardice that shrinks from
new truth, from the laziness that is content
with half truths, from the arrogance that
thinks it knows all truth, O, God of Truth,
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Who needs an exemplary liar? Who needs a moral code
from a deceiver? Who needs a teacher whose basic
doctrine brings strife and arguments? Not me.
But what if He did arise? That changes things. I believe
He did arise. So what does the resurrection mean to me
It assures me that my convictions are true, for He
is risen as He said, and all He said will come to pass.
It is pure silliness to believe in a God and not believe
He could rise from the dead.
It means I am forgiven of my sins and my
conscience is right in being pure. “If He is not risen, I
am yet in my sins.” His resurrection proves the
acceptance of His payment. “It is finished” means
“paid in full”...and I have peace with God.
It confirms my confidence of my own resurrection
from the dead.
I Corinthians 15:23, “But every man in his own order:
Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at
Romans 8:11, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up
Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up
Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal
bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”
It gives me the hope of seeing my Christian family
and friends again.
I Corinthians 15:18 “Then they also which are fallen
asleep in Christ are perished.” (If Christ is not raised.)
It confirms my life has meaning and purpose.
I Corinthians 15:29-32, “29 Else what shall they do
which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at
all? why are they then baptized for the dead? 30 And
why stand we in jeopardy every hour? 31 I protest by
your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I
die daily. 32 If after the manner of men I have fought
with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if
the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to
morrow we die.”
It assures me that I am enabled with the power to
live a victorious life.
Ephesians 1:19-20, “19 And what is the exceeding
greatness of his power to us-ward who believe,
according to the working of his mighty power, 20
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from
the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the
It assures me I can give what I want because my
treasure is in Heaven. Remember the Rich Young
Mark 10:21, “Then Jesus beholding him loved him,
and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy
way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor,
and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come,
take up the cross, and follow me.”
It guarantees me my hospitality will be rewarded
at the resurrection of the just.
Luke 14:13-14, “13 But when thou makest a feast,
call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14 And
thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense
thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the
resurrection of the just.”
It guarantees me an incorruptible inheritance.
I Peter 1:3-4, “3 Blessed be the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his
abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively
hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the
dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and
undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in
heaven for you,”
It is an assurance that my life creed is valid. Life is
stronger than death, Good is stronger than evil, Truth
is greater than error, Love is stronger than hatred and
God is mightier than Satan..... and that is good news.
It comforts me to know that what I did not have in
material things, nor what I may gain in a physical
world, does not matter in eternity since I will wake
in a spiritual world, and my physical body will be
changed to a spiritual body. That makes things in life
a lot less important to me now because I can live as a
pilgrim or sojourner heading home. Who fights over a
snowflake? This world’s goods are “fool’s gold”.
It convinces me that all He said is true. The
resurrection of the just and the unjust. Some will rise
to everlasting life, and some to damnation. The
ungodly will be dealt with, but the meek will win and
the pure in heart shall see God.
It means I've been commissioned to make
disciples of all that I meet. My task is before me. In
each appearance He commissioned each who saw
Mary was to go tell.
The women were to go tell.
Peter was told to feed His sheep, His lambs.
Disciples were to start in Jerusalem and go make
disciples, teach, baptize, and teach to observe all
Even Paul was a chosen vessel to men.
I, too, must tell it.April 2009 THE GOSPEL UNASHAMED 3
Whether Jesus arose makes all the difference to me.
Because He lives, I shall live.
I have hope when I am dying.
I have confidence when I stumble.
I have a Savior who forgives my sin.
I have a Mediator when I pray.
I have peace that passes understanding.
I have a joy unspeakable and full of glory.
I have power to live victoriously.
I have a commission to fulfill.
I have assurance of seeing my saved loved ones again.
I have a faith that is unshakable.
I have hope that all will be made right.
I have a reason to believe He will come again, just as He
If you do not believe He lives, you have no:
♦ Peace with God
♦ Lasting joy
♦ Power to be an overcomer
♦ Meaning in life
And you live and will die in doubt.
You can never say with Job, "I know that my redeemer
liveth and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the
earth, and though after my skin, worms destroy my flesh,
yet in my flesh shall I see God, whom I shall see for
myself and not another."
Forget the bunnies, eggs, lilies, hot cross buns, and the
lies that Satan has added to the story. Just stick with the
facts and believe the Gospel.
I Corinthians 15:1-4, “1 Moreover, brethren, I declare
unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which
also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which
also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached
unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I
delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,
how that Christ died for our sins according to the
scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose
again the third day according to the scriptures