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Heidelberg Catechism - Lord's Day 17

June 2, 2014 by Dan Valentine 0 comments

Posted in: Catechism for the Church

"There has been no more important event in history than the resurrection of the Son of God. And don't overlook the work history in that last sentence. Christianity is an historical religion. We believe and proclaim certain events that happened - really happened. Easter is not about Jesus living on in His teachings or the experience of Jesus coming to life in His disciples. Easter is about a divine Galilean whose hear pumped blood again, whose lungs filled with oxygen again, and whose synapses started firing again."

"'What was it that within a few days transformed a band of mourners into the spiritual conquerors of the world?' asked J. Gresham Machen. 'It was not the memory of Jesus' life; it was not the inspiration which came from past contact with Him. But it was the message, "He is Risen." That message alone gave to the disciples a living Savior; and it alone can give to us a living Savior today.'" Kevin DeYoung. The Good News We Almost Forgot. 91.

Question 45: How does Christ's resurrection benefit us?

Answer: First, by His resurrection He has overcome death, so that He might make us share in the righteousness He won for us by His death. Second, by His power we too are already now resurrected to a new life. Third, Christ' resurrection is a guarantee of our glorious resurrection. 

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