The resurrection is not philosophy... so truth lives.
Dr. James Boice remains the Bible teacher on The Bible Study Hour and founded the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. Later in "The Christ of the Empty Tomb," Dr. Boice speaking of the first century Christians writes:
"Why should anybody endure such punishments? Why should Paul have kept preaching when all it brought him was suffering? Was Stephen's martyrdom worth it? What was the point of Peter and John's flogging at the hand of the Sanhedrin? Would it not have been better for each of them if they had simply gone with the tide and done what the Jewish leaders wanted? Would it not have been wiser to do as the soldiers, who took the month and kept silent?
Silent about Jesus? About the resurrection? Each of those early Christians would tell us that they could never have kept silent, because the message they proclaimed was no mere earthly message that could be believed or not, depending upon whether it proved beneficial or instead required sacrifice. The resurrection is not philosophy. It is a fact of history. Therefore, as Peter and John replied to the Sanhedrin, they could not "help speaking about what [they had] seen and heard." (Acts 4:20).
And there is this fact also. In this life the tables are often turned so that truth suffers and lies are praised. But this life is not the full limit of reality, any more than the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea was the end of the line for Jesus Christ. Jesus lives! And so truth lives, regardless of man's opposition to it. In this life the deceiver may receive rewards. It has happened before; it will happen again. But in the life to come truth will be required, evil will be punished and those who have served the risen Christ will hear Him declare, "Well done, good and faithful servant!... Come and share your master's happiness!" (Matthew 25:21)"
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