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The Resurrection of Christ.

The Resurrection of Christ.

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"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become
the Urstfruits of them that slept." — i Cor.
xv, 20.


"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become
the Urstfruits of them that slept." — i Cor.
xv, 20.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Apr 04, 2014
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THE RESURRECTIO OF CHRIST. REV. WILLIAM McK. HESTER, D. D., "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the Urstfruits of them that slept." — i Cor. xv, 20. The plan of salvation is Divine. It was Di- vinely conceived, Divinely revealed, and Divinely completed. Its wise adaptation to the na- ture and condition of man, and its perfect harmony with the attributes of God, are proof of its Divine origin. Its very conception im- plies Divine wisdom, its bountiful provisions of sav- ing mercy could only emanate from Divine love. Its revelation to the world, the unfolding of this wonderful scheme, was by Divine inspiration. And the act of its completion — the resurrection of Christ  — was performed by Divine power. The whole scheme of human redemption bears the impress of Divinity. In all its parts it excites deepest thought, su- premest wonder, and inexpressible joy. The Chris- tian hears with gladness the chorus of the angels announcing the birth of Christ. He follows with increasing interest the steps of Jesus as He delivers to the people His message of mercy, and performs 99 Laffc ioo The Life oe Faith.
in Judea His wonderful works. He views with tearful sadness the humiliation of Christ, His re-  jection, His poverty, and His ignominious death upon the cross, but with a heart throbbing with unspeakable delight he hails the Savior rising from the tomb, having conquered death and obtained vic- tory over the grave; and without fear and without doubting he unites with the apostle in his confi- dent exultation, "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept." This truth inspires his heart with joy, makes stronger his faith, and gives new life and new vigor to his hopes. The resurrection of Christ is presented by the apostle for our earnest thought and as an admoni- tion to constant faith. I. The ecessity of His Resurrection. The importance of this fact is seen in its vital connection with the salvation of man. The plan of redemption was only completed when Jesus arose from the dead. Saving faith necessarily implies the acceptance of this truth. A denial of the resurrec- tion of Christ is a rejection of the whole plan of Gospel salvation. I. It was necessary in order that prophecy might be fulfilled in Jesus Christ as the Messiah. The seers of old, in speaking of the coming of the Mes- siah, of the works that He would perform, and the life He would live, also predicted His resurrection from the dead. In his Song the inspired Psalmist Resurrection oe Christ. ioi represents the Messiah as saying, "Thou wilt not
leave my soul in hell, nor suffer thy Holy One to see corruption." Although His death is implied in these words, yet His soul was not to remain in the place of departed spirits, nor was His body to molder to dust in the grave ; or, in other words, He would be raised to life. Jesus foretold His own res- urrection. "The Son of man," said He, "must suf- fer many things, and be rejected of the elders and Chief priests, and be slain, and be raised the third day." It was necessary that He should arise to ful- fill the words of prophecy as well as His own pre- dictions, and thereby give proof that He was the Messiah. 2. It was necessary that He should arise from the dead that man might have the knowledge of pardon for sin. Jesus, when about to be taken away from His disciples, told them that He would not leave them comfortless, but would send the Com- forter, who should abide with them forever. It is doubtless to this work that the apostle refers when he says that Jesus "rose for our justification." Had He not risen, this promise could not have been ful- filled. The joy and peace of conscious pardon, and the consolation derived from communion with God, are the blessed results of the coming of the Com- forter sent by the risen Christ. 3. It was necessary that He should arise that we might have a pledge, a proof, and a pattern of our own resurrection. He became "the firstfruits of them that slept." On the third day after the feast 102 The Life of Faith. of the Passover the law required the Jew to bring, as his offering, a sheaf as the firstfruits of the com- ing harvest. This sheaf was proof that a harvest

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