Randy Simonson

Randy Simonson is pastor at Harvestime Outreach Church in Hudson.

A recent devotion that I read was titled “The Most Important Question in The World.” That got my attention, and it probably got yours just now!

What is the most important question in the world?  Nicky Gumbel, who writes the devotion I was reading called “Through The Bible In One Year,” began that particular devotion by talking about a professor of philosophy at London University, C.E.M. Load. The professor was not a Christian and was asked on a radio program, “If you could meet any person from the past and ask them one question, with whom would you meet and what question would you ask?”  

Professor Load answered without any hesitation, “I would meet Jesus Christ and ask him the most important question in the world — Did you or did you not rise from the dead?”

According to Gumbel, there came a day in Professor Load’s life when he assessed the evidence, encountered Jesus himself, and wrote a book called “Recovery of Belief.” In it, he says, “If Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, this changes everything.”

“Did you or did you not rise from the dead?”  

That is the question that people would still ask Jesus today.

The beauty of the Easter season is the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus not only rose from the grave, but he did it for you and for me, and all who would call upon his name. He willingly gave up his life and died an excruciating death on a Roman cross.   

Isaiah 53:6 says, “The Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”  God basically vented his anger regarding sin by putting our sin on Jesus, and then punishing him for it. He was the only sinless person, the perfect sacrifice; the Bible calls him the “spotless lamb.” He was innocent, yet he

took the punishment that you and I deserve upon Himself. 

It wasn’t fair. He paid a debt he did not owe so you and I could receive something we don’t deserve --- that is, forgiveness of our sins and eternal life. This is the essence or core of the Bible — “God loved the world so much that he gave his only son, so that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

His death and resurrection paid for all of your sins and mine, and made us ready for heaven — eternity.  It has nothing to do with good works or being a church member. He did it all on the cross!  

All we need to do is receive it by faith. Romans 10:9-10 says, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

The empty tomb changes everything!

Randy Simonson is pastor of Harvestime Outreach Church, Hudson.


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