Everything hinges on the Resurrection of Jesus. If He rose from the dead, as He predicted (Matthew 20:18–19; John 2:19–22), then He is exactly who He claimed to be and who the Bible proclaims Him to be: the Son of God, the Creator, and the Judge of all humanity. However, if Jesus did not rise from the dead, then He is a false teacher and could not have saved anyone from their sins because He would have needed to die for His own sins.
In 1 Corinthians 15, the Apostle Paul proclaimed that the gospel message he preached, and by which people are saved, is that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, He was buried, and that He rose again according to the Scriptures. He went on to expound on the importance of the Resurrection throughout all 58 verses of this magnificent chapter.
The early church proclaimed the Resurrection at every opportunity. The book of Acts contains numerous sermons delivered by the apostles. Every single one of these messages focuses on the Resurrection of Jesus. Take some time to read through Acts and pay attention to the centrality of the Resurrection in the apostles’ preaching.
In Defense of Easter
I am thrilled to announce the publication of my book In Defense of Easter: Answering Critical Challenges to the Resurrection of Jesus. This unique book is a culmination of many years of research into this all-important subject and addresses many key topics related to the Resurrection. It is an apologetic work in that it highlights the numerous evidences for the Resurrection from the Bible, history, and archaeology. The second section of the book critiques all of the views raised by critics and skeptics over the centuries in their attempts to explain away this tremendous miracle. It is a highly practical book. The final section covers multiple relevant issues on the subject, such as why the Resurrection is a source of comfort and hope for believers. It is also designed to be a devotional and evangelistic book. Believers and unbelievers will be challenged to think through how they should respond to the risen Savior.
I have been speaking on the Resurrection of Jesus for about a decade, and it has always been my favorite talk to give. I’m excited that I’ve been invited to present it at the upcoming Answers in Genesis Mega Conference in Costa Mesa, CA, in July. I’ve been blessed with so many opportunities to share this glorious truth, but I’ve also noticed a disturbing trend among many believers. For whatever reason, this central doctrine is often overlooked and neglected by many Christians, including pastors and other leaders.
All of our hope is in the death-conquering Savior, so why does it seem like we only talk about it once a year at Easter time? How is it that so many modern Christians fail to mention this critical event in their preaching, and sadly, even when attempting to share the gospel? In Defense of Easter puts the Resurrection back where it belongs: along with Christ’s Crucifixion, right at the front and center of the Christian faith.
Dr. Gary Habermas, widely acknowledged as the leading scholar on the Resurrection today, wrote the following words about In Defense of Easter:
Challenges to Jesus’ Resurrection are frequently made on the popular level, and answers must be forthcoming. Tim Chaffey’s volume responds to many of these contemporary questions, as well as moving beyond arguments and evidences to the application of Resurrection truth. What difference can belief in the Resurrection mean for believers today? This volume is an accessible handbook that covers a wide range of issues, both theoretical as well as practical. I very much enjoyed my time with it and recommend it to those who love this topic and are interested in material that is not readily available elsewhere.
Order your copy of In Defense of Easter today from my online store, and get free shipping until Easter (April 20).