Published by Barnabas International • PO Box 11211 • Rockford, IL 61126 • Volume XVII • No. 10 • November 2003
LEE HOTCHKISS, Executive Director <> LAREAU LINDQUIST, Founder
He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. (Matthew 28:6)
This phrase, spoken by the angel to visitors at Jesus' tomb on Resurrection morning, is perhaps the greatest and most convincing evidence of the reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I have read the arguments on both sides of the issue. I have been impressed with Josh McDowell's book, EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT and his follow-up book, MORE EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT. Yet I am even more deeply persuaded by the simplicity of the text . . . He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. How can I be thoroughly convinced that Jesus rose from the dead? I know it and believe it, because He said so, both before His death and resurrection and after the resurrection . . . I am the first and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever. (Rev. 1:17,18)
The Bible teaches the trustworthiness of His character. Jesus is the faithful witness (Rev. 1:5). John saw Him and wrote, We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Paul writes to Titus and affirms that God does not lie (Titus 1:2). Jesus declared . . . I am the truth (John 14:6).
The Bible also affirms the trustworthiness of His words. Jesus said, My testimony is valid, (John 8:14) or true (as in NAS and NKJ).
The entirety of the Bible affirms that everything about Jesus is reliable and dependable. He is neither false nor deceptive. Not a fake. Not a counterfeit.
The announcement of the angel pointed to the certainty and reality of the resurrection. The angel was totally committed
to the trustworthiness of everything Jesus had taught. The angel was convinced because Jesus said so. We can learn a profound truth here that we can carry with us the rest of our lives. It can impact all of our study of the things that Jesus taught. We can state these four important words, "just as He said" to the end of all His promises.
For example, He has made the following promises to us . . . each of which He will keep, because He said so.
The promise of His peace, just as He said (John 14:27).
The promise of His joy, just as He said (John 15:11).
The promise of soul-rest, just as He said (Matthew 11:29).
The promise of eternal life, just as He said (John 3:16, 3:36).
The promise of hope, just as He said (John 16:33).
The promise of forgiveness, just as He said (Luke 7:48, Mark 2:9, Matthew 9:2).
The promise of Heaven, just as He said (John 14:1-3).
This phrase, just as He said, can be added to all of His promises . . . those stated above and all the rest of them, as well. We need to begin to live with a certainty. With a confidence. With an assuredness. Indeed, He is committed to do all that He said He will do in us . . . right now.
We need never again say "I hope so" or "I think so" but "I know so," based on the veracity of His character and His word. An old refrain comes to mind:
God said it, and I believe it, and that settles it for me.
Step into the rest of this day, and into the rest of your life with the resounding assurance that the living Christ will be your adequacy . . . just as He said.
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