When we see Sacred Scripture correctly, we see that it is all about our Lord and God’s plan of redemption of His elect. If the Bible is not the Word of God and, therefore, not authoritative, complete, and inerrant then this is just another myth that could be an object lesson, but no more.
1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; 5 and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? 6 He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, 7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” Luke 24:1-7 (NASB)
The philosophy of Secularism is the driving force behind the collapse of the Christian World View with it being replaced with that of Secular Humanism. This view contends that there is no possibility of any person knowing or finding absolute truth. It demands that all religions be considered equal with each relinquishing its claims of exclusivity. In the visible Church, many professing Christians are secular in their personal philosophy. Since Secularism removes the possibility of absolutes it follows that its proponents must doubt the Bible’s display of the miracles and the supernatural as proof of the deity of Christ for example. It separates Christianity from the sacred and holy and the miraculous. This separation leaves Christianity as just another World Religion. It relegates it to little more than an institution of good works to improve society.
Christianity is not just another ‘World Religion’ nor is it just another philosophy that exists for the improvement of society. No, our Faith consists of the Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God created everything, but He is transcendent and not part of creation. He is above it and outside of it. However, He is also imminently involved in the management of it. He created Man who fell into sin (Genesis 1-3). Because of this fall the entire human race was plunged into sin. All of the first man’s descendents were born spiritually dead. All are on their way to an eternity separated from God because of their sin. There they will experience the wrath of God. However, God is merciful so He sent God the Son to be incarnate as a man. This is Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect, sinless life. However, sinful men murdered Him. As He died on the cross, the father laid the sin of all of those chosen before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1) on Him. His death paid the penalty for their sin. He purchased them with His blood. As these are effectually called and regenerated by God, they believe the Gospel and repent of their sin. God justifies, sanctifies, adopts, and glorifies them. Their sanctification continues for the rest of their lives.
Let us look now at some of the events that transpired the third day after our Lord’s crucifixion. Carefully read the passage I placed at the top of this post (Luke 24:1-7). Notice that our crucified Lord is not in his tomb. His body is gone. Angels exclaim that He is risen! He is not dead but alive! Now let us join a couple of Jesus disciples later that day on the road to Emmaus.
13 And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. Luke 24:13-16 (NASB)