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It Is the Greatest Event in History. What Does It Mean to You?

Updated on August 20, 2018

The greatest event in history

It is the greatest event in history. Nothing else really is even close or could compare. What does it mean to you? The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single greatest event in history. It has changed the world as we know it forevermore and for all eternity. It alone is the greatest hope in all the world. No longer is there separation from God by our sinful nature. Rather, there is the ultimate substitution in Jesus ( the new covenant ) for our sins. He conquers our sin whether past, present or future. He calls out from the cross "Tetelestai!" Which means it is finished. He has covered our sin for all time. It is paid for. God says I made a covenant with you and you became mine. Our relationship with God is made complete by the Resurrection. The only question that remains is what will we do with this outstanding gift that once again our God has provided. The answer lies within your heart. The apostle Thomas had a difficult time believing that Jesus rose from the dead. It is where we get the expression "doubting" Thomas. When he sees Jesus he says, "My Lord and my God." Jesus answers by saying Thomas you believe because you see. Blessed are those who don't see yet still believe. Do you believe? It is the true essence of faith. For us to rise He needed to rise and rise He did. God is so close to all of us. He is in our life every single day. We must invite Him in and TRY to be the person He wants us to be. Surely we will all fall short of the glory of God. Yet, His love for us is enormous. It is agape. Easter is a new beginning for all of us sinners. What does it mean to you?

Matthew 28:6 He is not here; for He is risen.

Ezekiel 16:8 Yes I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became mine says the Lord God.

Matthew 28:10 Then Jesus said to them, " Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me."

1Corinthians15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

The Lord is risen!

God bless you always.




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    • Damian10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Damian 

      3 years ago from Naples

      I am only thinking out loud but I think it is both important and imperative to be happy. Life really is quite short. You may be right ... Maybe this is all that there is. Just because I believe certainly does not make it so. I believe we all have a destiny. Sometimes life can be so very difficult. Other times it takes those kind of difficulties for a person to even reach a place where you can believe and trust in God. I have had times in my life when I felt so alone only to realize. I was never alone at all. The funny thing is I am personally about as much of a realist that one could be. Yet the older I get the stronger my faith becomes. Some day all of us will stop breathing and I believe that each person will fulfill their beliefs. When we are long gone and forgotten, they will still be talking about Jesus. You have to follow your heart. Your brain also but get to where your heart wants you to be. Now maybe you are already there and if you are that is a fantastic place to be.

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      Elizabeth 

      3 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      Thank you for sharing your story. I do appreciate it. I want to believe as many true things as possible, and as few false things as possible. But in order to do that, i have to know what's actually true, and coincidences have too many alternative explanations for that to cut it for me.

    • Damian10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Damian 

      3 years ago from Naples

      It is kind of a long story but it feels like it was meant to be. Too many coincidences for me. I was a year old when my Dad was taken very sick with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He was basically sent home to die. This was 1967 and medicine and even prolonging life at that time was basically non-existent. He went down to 80 lbs and was in bed for about a year and a half. We were catholic in those days and every Sunday the priest would come and administer the last rights. Over quite a long period he began to get somewhat better although all he ever consumed was fresh squeezed orange juice. My toddler years were spent watching my Dad to see if he would ever rise out of that bed. I was little but I remember my family praying constantly even after the doctors had long given up. One day, aSunday, my Dad woke up and said, "I'm hungry." Each day after that he got stronger and stronger and when he visited the doctor again they told him they could not explain it but he was in remission. My Dad was my best friend and I learned so much from him and mostly how to treat your fellow man. He ended up living another 15 years and died of cancer in 1982. I still miss him so very much. About a year after had had passed my mom and I attended a baptist church service and I quickly noticed how happy everyone was. Not long after I got saved and I have never been quite the same since. I was 17 then and at the end of this year I will turn 50. Life has been difficult at times. I have lost 2 19 year old nephews. Each of my sisters has lost a son. There is nothing sadder than the loss of a child. They are only able to survive by their strong faith. We have had so many blessings as a family and I believe we should not take even one day for granted. I have been blessed with incredible health for all of these 49 years. I was a college soccer player and got to experience some wonderful moments like graduating, etc. My life has been blessed by God in every way imaginable. Last November, 9 months ago, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I think at first I was rather stunned and thought maybe they could be wrong. Two MRIs and a spinal later and it was clear I had MS. I am married to a nurse, Dana. She has been incredibly strong through this. When I told her she replied Gosh you don't even know how to be sick. I never got sick. No cold, no flu and have not missed a day of work in well over ten years. About 3 years ago I did get kidney stones and I have to say they hurt pretty good. One morning I woke up and was in a great deal of pain and I said there is no way I can make it today. I went to pick up the phone to call in and as I did I saw the cross. I hung up the phone got up and got dressed and went off to work. Perspective is a funny thing. Even now every time I feel bad I will be out at a store or in a public place and I will see someone who is in such a worse condition and would trade places with me gladly. I remember after hearing the MS news I prayed to be able to help someone else. For some strange reason I have been able to do just that. I truly adore my church, Calvary Chapel. It is non denominational and strictly bible based. Each Saturday and Sunday I participate in our Senior Mission and spend time with the elder folks. They give me far more than I could ever give them. God is so good to me and all he really wants from me is to believe and repent. The love I feel from Him everyday to me is as real as it ever gets. It would be impossible for me not to love Him back. I really do ... Not just the words but the feelings also.

      You are probably sorry you asked, huh?

      Blessings always.

    • JMcFarland profile image

      Elizabeth 

      3 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      Can i ask why you are a Christian?

    • Damian10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Damian 

      3 years ago from Naples

      J:

      Another good point. I am trying to relate and I guess I should not do that. I am just trying to get an understanding of where people are. Incorrectly I would just assume that anyone without faith would be so empty and I would be so completely wrong in that assumption. I always say the worst thing that any of us can do is to judge another whether for their beliefs or otherwise. I get very curious and I guess I should not. I do not mean to get personal but I just wonder about things and human nature. You will probably think me crazy but I do not know where I would be without my faith. It has and continues to get me through so many things. Maybe I am just a weak person or at least not strong enough to handle some things on my own. May sound corny to you but I really love Him.

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      Elizabeth 

      3 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      Damian, i was an evangelical Christian until my late 20s. I was a missionary with my parents off and on in Africa, went to bible college and studied textual criticism and theology. I became an atheist because i realized, after studying the bible and history and theology over time that i kept having to make more and more excuses for my beliefs to make them make rational sense. Eventually, i realised that if i had to make excuses to justify my faith more than i could just believe, i no longer had faith. It's in studying the bible that i recognized it was impossible to believe.

      I'm not saying the sources listed were Christian sources. I'm saying that scholars agree that the information within those sources could have come from Christians. For example: if i ask you what Christians believe, and you tell me, then i write about what you tell me, i am not an independent source of information, and what i write in no way indicates that Christianity is true. Its information i got from you, and there's no indication that it's actually true. Do you see what I'm saying?

      Why are you a Christian and not a Muslim, a Buddhist or a Hindu?

    • Damian10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Damian 

      3 years ago from Naples

      Also, these so called sources that you criticize are not Christian in their nature. The writer is clearly defining these as non-Christian sources. Your argument is rather compelling but it is still a human argument not a Godly one. When I hear someone say the bible is not a source I almost find it laughable. Sorry but you and I will have to agree to disagree on that one.

    • Damian10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Damian 

      3 years ago from Naples

      J:

      Did you look at the Marilynn Adamson article? I was not listing them as sources the writer did. I am curious though: How did you become an atheist or were you always an atheist? Just asking?

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      Elizabeth 

      3 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      Regarding extra biblical sources you list - biblical scholars believe overwhelmingly that the testimonium josephus is a forgery by layer Christian scribes. That's out.

      Lucian was a satirist masking fun of Christians, and most likely got his information on what Christians believe from Christians, so it's not independent. That's out. The Talmud was written hundreds of years after the fact once the biblical canon was already well established and Christianity was the dominant religion.

      Tacitus does not mention any source material, neither does Pliny. Without sources, how can it be considered independent, when their information could come from Christians themselves? Do you see a problem with positing these sources for Jesus? No one is denying the existence of Christians. But Christians are not objective, independent sources for Jesus.

    • Damian10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Damian 

      3 years ago from Naples

      I believe I referenced this article on Catherine's hub:

      Ancient Evidence for Jesus from Non-Christian Sources

      By Michael Gleghorn

      His Conclusion:

      Let's summarize what we've learned about Jesus from this examination of ancient non-Christian sources. First, both Josephus and Lucian indicate that Jesus was regarded as wise. Second, Pliny, the Talmud, and Lucian imply He was a powerful and revered teacher. Third, both Josephus and the Talmud indicate He performed miraculous feats. Fourth, Tacitus, Josephus, the Talmud, and Lucian all mention that He was crucified. Tacitus and Josephus say this occurred under Pontius Pilate. And the Talmud declares it happened on the eve of Passover. Fifth, there are possible references to the Christian belief in Jesus' resurrection in both Tacitus and Josephus. Sixth, Josephus records that Jesus' followers believed He was the Christ, or Messiah. And finally, both Pliny and Lucian indicate that Christians worshipped Jesus as God!

      I hope you see how this small selection of ancient non-Christian sources helps corroborate our knowledge of Jesus from the gospels. Of course, there are many ancient Christian sources of information about Jesus as well. But since the historical reliability of the canonical gospels is so well established, I invite you to read those for an authoritative "life of Jesus!"

    • Damian10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Damian 

      3 years ago from Naples

      J:

      You should check out an article called Six Reasons to Believe. It is written by Marilynn Adamson, a former atheist. It is an interesting take.

    • Damian10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Damian 

      3 years ago from Naples

      I do not deny your logic even in the least. Yes, I obviously believe in the bible. NO, I do not necessarily think God would try to fit Himself into our natural world. I am not putting anyone down for their belief. I think everyone is entitled to have it or not have it. I am not judging any other for not having it so please do not judge me for having it. Of course this will make no sense to you but God has been so good and so apparent to me that I can never deny Him. Still, that is the biggest problem with religion in general; it results in one being intolerant of another simply because they have a different belief system.

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      Elizabeth 

      3 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      If God created this world, appeared to countless people, interacted with humanity regularly, caused events and miracles, etc., don't you think God could fit himself into this natural world? He certainly had before, yet leaves nothing as far as evidence. Do you accept the Hindu or Muslim or Buddhist holy texts are true? They say they are. You seem to be saying the bible is true because it says so. Do you see a problem with this line of thought?

    • Damian10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Damian 

      3 years ago from Naples

      J,

      Your question referenced bible text, the four gospels and why you should believe in the resurrection. The answer lies within your heart. IfI am unable to use bible verses ( especially what Paul writes and considering his previous condition and history ) then I would be completely and unequivocally unable to offer any assemble of a satisfactory answer. I would have to construct a Hub and even then I do not think youwouldfinditacceptable. Once again you are trying to rationalize God and make Him fit into our world which I think is quite impossible.

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      Elizabeth 

      3 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      With all due respect, Damian, i think you know that you cannot use the bible to prove the bible true. That's circular logic. If you could, you would also have to accept that the Koran is true because the Koran says so, and i doubt you are able to accept that. Faith, almost by definition, is believing in something despite the lack of actual evidence that it's true. Faith is the excuse people give for believing things without a justifiable reason, or as mark twain said "faith is believing what you know ain't so" the existence of the bible two thousand years after these events supposedly occurred is due to scribes. Is it miraculous that we still have the Hindu holy texts (which are older) or the Koran? It seems to me that you are using special pleading to make your book of choice special, while minimizing or dismissing all the examples that aren't yours.

    • Damian10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Damian 

      3 years ago from Naples

      Hi Julie and thank you as I added to your following as well. I need to consult the study Bible I use to try and answer your questions. They are good ones. Once again it does still come down to faith and I know that is not an answer you want to hear or you have heard that explanation before. One thing I will say and of course this is my opinion only, the opinion of a believer but supposedly there were several witnesses at the ascension and it helped start what would later be known as the church. Another theory some suggest is that why is it that with people like Buddah, Muhammed, etc we know exactly where they are buried but with Christ there is no body. The Pharisees and Roman officials of the time would not have wanted any controversies regarding this self proclaimed Messiah. As you know several times in scripture Jesus talks about rebuilding the temple in 3 days. He obviously was not literally talking about the great temple as I believe that took 47 years to build. One thing that. I do indeed find compelling is when He says, My words will never pass away. We still have the bible and always will and even if this was possibly authored 100 years later as some suggest it still was not written 2015 years later. There are so many compelling reasons for belief just as a non believer feels they have compelling reasons for their unbelief. The last thing you ever want to do is put someone down regardless of what they do or do not believe. We are all in the very same human condition and I think sometimes trying to put ourselves in God's place is rather impossible. That said I will research the resurrection verses and try to provide a better understanding if I even can. I am quite humble in general and significantly humble when it comes to the bible as I am merely a student of it. Blessings to you!

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      Elizabeth 

      3 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      Hi damian. I followed you from Catherine's hub. I'm wondering if you can tell me why there's any reason to believe the resurrection happened? And if it happened, which version of events happened? The four accounts in the bible conflict.

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      Dana minick 

      3 years ago

      Wow! What a story to tell. Thank you for writing.

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