EVIDECE OF THE RESURRECTIO OF CHRIST.BY LAT CARPETER LUKE XXIV. 33, 34.
AD THEY ROSE UP THE SAME HOUR, AD RETURED TO JERUSALEM,AD POUD THE ELEVE GATHERED TOGETHER AD THEM THATWERE WITH THEM, SAYIG, THE LORD IS RISE IDEED, ADHATH APPEARED TO SIMO.
The fact of the Resurrection of Jesus is the basis of Christianity. " If Christ be not risen," saith theApostle Paul, " then is our preaching vain, and yourfaith is also vain." There cannot be a reasonable doubtthat the Apostles publicly asserted that their masterrose from the dead ; and that they did actually foundtheir religion upon that fact. If that fact reallyoccurred, it aflForded the strongest possible proof of the Divine authority of Jesus; it presents the bestground for believing in his declarations regarding thewill and purposes of God with respect to mankind ;it gives the sanction of God Himself to the words of Christ ; it sets His seal to the charter of man'simmortality. — If, on the other hand, God raised notT274 SERMO XIX.Jesus^ then his Gospel, in all its blessed proviaons forhuman salvation, is a mere delusion. He did not teachand act under direct authority from God. Either he,or his Apostles, or both, were impostors: and thegrand foundation of the Christian's hope and joy isrested on sand. — Blessed be God for the abundantevidence that it rests on the rock of truth, — ^that it isthe power of God unto salvation to every one that