When Jesus walked this earth, the crowds He attracted would wonder, “What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him” (Mark 1:27, KJV). His own apostles marveled, asking, “What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:41, KJV). And, at His crucifixion, a stunned centurion stood at the foot of the cross and conceded the profound profession: “Truly this man was the Son of God” (Mark 15:39, KJV).
However, the impact that Jesus made in His life and death intensifies exponentially when the force of His resurrection is examined. Paul gives undeniable evidence of the death, burial and resurrection of the Man called Jesus.
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Many deny it yet today, both in word and deed, but the resurrection’s power does not reside in an annoyed assent nor is it weakened by doubtful disputations. Instead, it imposes its reality in plain historical facts and unimpeachable eye-witnesses. To deny the evidence of the resurrection is being dishonest with antiquity, to minimize the effect of the resurrection ignores the reality of its undefeated defense to date and disregarding the resurrection jeopardizes the soul eternally.
Pilate pondered: “What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?” (Matthew 27:22). So comes the question from that old song, traditionally sung in worship assemblies to invite an individual to make a commitment in this life that will impact the consequences of the next: “What will you do with Jesus?” Because, actually, the sticky question is the one in the punchline of the old hymn: “Someday your heart will be asking, O friend, ‘What will He do with me?’”