As we celebrate Easter, it’s important to remember the greatest news ever heard, as written by the Rev. Billy Graham. Exerpt:
The greatest news that mortal ear has ever heard is the news that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead as He promised! The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the chief proof of the Christian faith. It is the truth that lies at the very foundation of the Gospel. The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9, NIV).
In the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have the answer to the great question of the ages: “If mortals die, can they live again?” The Bible teaches that because Christ lives, we also shall live. The greatest truth that you can ever hear is that Jesus Christ died but rose again, and that you, too, can rise again into newness of life.
The Bible teaches the bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is not a spiritual resurrection, as some would have us believe. Jesus’ very body was raised by God from the dead, and someday we will see Him.
The resurrected Christ also lives today in another very real sense: in the heart of every true believer. Though He is in His glorified body in heaven, through the Holy Spirit He dwells in the heart of every Christian. The Scripture says, “Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in his glory” (Colossians 1:27, NLT). The Christ of God, in whom “the fullness of God lives in a human body” (Colossians 2:9, NLT), condescends to live within the hearts of people. This is a mystery beyond comprehension and yet gloriously true.