What if it's true?
April 1, 2013
by Dr. Phil Geoffrion, Pastor, Albion Free Church, Rural Cokato

Having just celebrated Easter with family and friends, I challenge you to reflect again on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

What if it really is true? What if Jesus is alive?

Perhaps you have no doubt. You believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to pay for your sins. You have committed your life to Jesus as your Savior from sin and Lord of your life. You know it’s true!

If it’s true that Jesus rose from the dead on Easter, then everything Jesus taught must also be true. If everything Jesus taught is true, we can’t be neutral. We must be true believers, or not believers at all.

C. S. Lewis once said, “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, is of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

If the resurrection of Jesus is true, then logically we must believe fully in Jesus and follow him passionately. He is our guarantee of life after death and heaven forever. He is the assurance of God’s presence and blessing in this life and beyond. If Easter is true, it changes everything!

Blaise Pascal was a brilliant 17th century French scientist and philosopher. His research and theories in mathematics, physics, economics, and social science significantly influence these modern disciplines today.

Pascal’s Wager is one of the most famous arguments of philosophy: an argument for the existence of God. Open your minds with me to consider what Pascal said:

“God exists or doesn’t exist. Everyone must decide. If you believe in God and he exists, you go to heaven. Infinite benefit. If you don’t believe in God and he exists, you don’t go to heaven. Infinite loss.

“If you believe in God and he doesn’t exist, you gain nothing and lose nothing. In other words, those who believe in God have everything to gain and nothing to lose.”

Those who don’t believe in God have everything to lose and nothing to gain. Pascal said that the smart and wise person will choose to believe in God.

The same goes for the Easter resurrection of Jesus. We all must decide if we believe that it is true, or not true. If we choose not to believe, and Jesus really did rise from the dead, we have everything to lose.

If we choose to believe in the truth of the resurrection, we have everything to gain — God, Jesus, eternal life, and more.

What about you? “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved,” promises Romans 10.9.

Do you believe it’s true?