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Easter newsletter article

28 Mar

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) was the best-known preacher of his time. Many still consider him the best preacher, if not the most popular one, in church history. The noted twentieth-century German pastor and theologian Helmut Thielicke, said: ‘Sell all [the books] that you have … and buy Spurgeon.’ Today, over a hundred years after his death, there is more material by Spurgeon in print than by any other Christian author, living or deceased.  As we prepare to celebrate Easter, I want to share some of his insights with you:

“The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is one of the best attested facts on record. There were so many witnesses to behold it, that if we do in the least degree receive the credibility of men’s testimonies, we cannot and we dare not doubt that Jesus rose from the dead. It is all very easy for [non-believers] to say that these persons were deceived, but it is equally foolish, for these persons could not every one of them have been so positively deceived as to say that they had seen this man, whom they knew to have been dead, afterwards alive; they could not all, surely, have agreed together to help on this [deception]: if they did, it is the most marvelous thing we have on record, that not one of them ever broke faith with the others, but that the whole mass of them remained firm. We believe it to be quite impossible that so many rogues should have agreed forever. They were men who had nothing to gain by it; they subjected themselves to persecution by affirming the very fact; they were ready to die for it, and did die for it. Five hundred or a thousand persons who had seen him at different times, declared that they did see him, and that he rose from the dead; the fact of his death having been attested beforehand. How, then, dare any man say that the Christian religion is not true, when we know for a certainty that Christ died and rose again from the dead? And knowing that, who shall deny the divinity of the Savior? Who shall say that he is not mighty to save? Our faith hath a solid basis, for it hath all these witnesses on which to rest, and the more sure witness of the Holy Spirit witnessing in our hearts.

(Larsen, Timothy, Baker Dictionary of Evangelicals, IVP 2003; Spurgeon, Charles H. “The Resurrection of the Dead,” 2/17/1856)

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