In defining the Christian faith, we include the fact that Christianity is a system of belief (e.g. belief that the bible is the verbally inspired Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17), and that there is only one true God eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.).
Furthermore, Christians have a personal belief and acceptance that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, died for sinners, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and will return to the earth one day (Rom. 5:12, 3:10, 23; 2 Cor. 5:21).
Nevertheless, it is that, “rose from the dead,” part that secures Christianity’s foundation, lends assurance to our salvation, and enables us to have a relationship with God.
Someone has rightly said,
“Unique among all other faiths, Christianity is more about a relationship than about religious practices. Instead of adhering to a list of “do’s and don’ts,” the goal of a Christian is to cultivate a close walk with God. This relationship is made possible because of the work of Jesus Christ.” (Alex Crain)
The work of which we speak is that which is the pinnacle of the Christian faith. It is the Resurrection. Without it there is no Savior, no salvation, no reason for celebration. But, because of the Resurrection we do celebrate. And the reason for our celebration is summed up in one phrase: “He is Risen!” Since he has, he has not only rolled away the stone from the grave, but he has rolled it away from many a heart.
Just a Resurrection celebration thought, from the Heart and Mind of Victor.
And, we might add, “He is Risen indeed!”