Because Christ lived, died, and rose on the third day, everything we think we understand about life has changed.
A few weeks back I had a conversation with a lawyer I had hired to do some work on a current film project I’m working on.
At one point in one of our long conversations about my project, he paused and told me he always felt something different when he spoke to me.
“You’re not like my other clients,” he bluntly blurted out. “You’re a religious guy aren’t you?”
I explained to my friend that my faith most certainly impacts all areas of my life, especially the way I strive to treat people. But I explained, “it isn’t so much that my religion that has defined me, as it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ has.” We then began to discuss Christianity, and ultimately ended up talking about the lone figure of Jerusalem, Jesus Christ.
I quickly gathered that this man didn’t understand much about what Christianity claims, or what the Gospel of Christ professes.
Like many in the world, he perceived Christ as a great teacher, leader, a revolutionary in his time – and He was all those things. But how was He different than any other great mortal to grace this earth?
“Forget about religion and religious institutions for a moment.” I told my lawyer friend. “Subtract all of that from your mind. You simply have to start with one simple question all of us have to eventually face:
“Do you believe the claim that Jesus Christ rose himself from the dead? Because if that is true, he is the only being on this planet that has ever done so, and if that indeed happened, then it changes everything!”
There was a bit of silence on the phone.
“Ya, I guess so” he responded. I couldn’t tell if he was just humoring my theological musings, or if he was understanding what I was saying. I wish I could have put it as eloquently as did D. Todd Christofferson when he said:
Christ’s Resurrection shows that His existence is independent and everlasting... The Savior is not dependent on food or water or oxygen or any other substance or power or person for life. Both as Jehovah and Messiah, He is the great I Am, the self-existing God. He simply is and ever will be...D. Todd Christofferson
Finally, I said, “Look, you owe it to yourself to find out who Jesus Christ is, and what His Gospel is all about. Then let the religion and its institutional form follow the truth you find.”
If Jesus was in fact literally resurrected, it necessarily follows that He is a divine being. No mere mortal has the power in himself to come to life again after dying. Because He was resurrected, Jesus cannot have been only a carpenter, a teacher, a rabbi, or a prophet. Because He was resurrected, Jesus had to have been a God, even the Only Begotten Son of the Father.D. Todd Christofferson
Because of Jesus Christ, everything in my life has changed, and it is because of Him, even the mundane of this life has meaning. My mistakes have built-in lessons – if I choose to learn, my sometimes indifference to God has an antidote, and my natural tendencies toward that which is easy, are curbed by the reminder that Christ never chose the path of least resistance.
On top of the hope I feel spiritually through Christ, I have hopes for physical restoration. I have a sure hope that one day my son who was born with BPES, a congenital disease, will someday be made physically whole because of Christ’s resurrection over two millennia ago – regardless of what I do, it’s a gift for all those who chose to endure this mortal experience.
Christ’s victory over death ended the human predicament. Now there are only personal predicaments, and from these too we may be rescued by following the teachings of him who rescued us from general extinction.Neal A. Maxwell ~ The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book, ed. Cory H. Maxwell (1997), 287.
Because of Him, amidst the darkness, the greatest story ever told, is still happening before our very eyes, and our lives, our world, and our families have a bright future, #BecauseofHim.
#StartingToday I hope to find ways to change, improve, and serve because of what he did for me.