"The Real Jesus"
April 21, 2009
Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead -- by Him this man is standing before you well. Acts 4:10, 12
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
"Salvation in no one else."
The world finds those words to be narrow-minded, politically incorrect, foolish, and false. At least that's the opinion of an article carried by LiveScience. While the story admitted Jesus had actually lived, it still managed to cast considerable doubt on the story of the Savior as it is told in Scripture.
Among the most questioned aspects of Jesus' life -- and you're probably not surprised by this -- is His resurrection from the dead. Without giving reason or proof, the article says, and I quote, ". . . the importance of the less 'plausible' stories found in the Bible -- such as the resurrection -- lies not in whether they actually happened but in what they meant to Jesus' followers."
Peter and the apostles of Pentecost would have disagreed. They did disagree as they said, "there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
St. Paul would have disagreed too. Indeed, he did disagree when he wrote, "if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied" (1 Corinthians 15:17-19).
So much did these men disagree with the doubters, so strongly did they believe Jesus physically rose from the dead that they, themselves, were willing to die rather than deny this soul-saving truth. Thanks be to God!
Their dedication to the truth reminds us this world has, for centuries, been spreading lies about what happened on Resurrection Sunday. That we expect. What we don't anticipate is so many churches are allowing those lies to stand.
All of this means we who believe in the truth of Scripture must hold fast to the truth, God's truth, which says, only in Christ crucified and risen is there salvation.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, send Your Holy Spirit upon those souls who remain in darkness. Move them into Your light of life. Help all humanity to see Your victory, which actually happened when You physically rose from the dead. In Your Name. Amen.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries