Does the Resurrection Trump the Bible? Part 1

As they were coming down from the mountain, He ordered them to tell no one what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They kept this word to themselves, discussing what ‘rising from the dead’ meant.
— Mark 9:9-10

Jesus had taken James, Peter, and John up on the mountain for a spiritual intensive. There He rolled back the sleeves of His humanity and revealed His hidden divinity! Then He tells them not to mention a word of this to anyone until after He is "risen from the dead." But as they are coming down the mountain what do they discuss? Not the miraculous display of His glory--which obviously impressed them because John later writes about it (John 1:14). What they talk about is the meaning of His words "risen from the dead." Somehow they seem to know this is the big point.  

There is a new controversy swirling. Seems one religious leader is now in hot water for insinuating--if not outright saying--that the resurrection is more important than the Bible. Is that so?  My answer is "Yes," but that is a qualified yes--and here is why:

First, the cross and resurrection were the preeminent declarations of the early church. But, that being said, the Scriptures are the the primary source of this information. There are other sources that mention the resurrection, but the Bible alone exalts the resurrection as the foundation on which the Christian faith stands. 

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.
— 1 Corinthians 15:17

Second, the resurrection is the proof of our justification--but it is the Bible that tell us this. 

He was delivered for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
— Romans 4:25

What does this mean, "He was raised for our justification"? There is an old adage that goes, "If a judge acquits a guilty man then that judge himself is condemned." If a judge allows a man whom he knows to be guilty of a crime to go scot-free without paying for that crime, then that judge is himself dishonest and discredited. If that is true for human judges--who are fallible--then how much more true would it be for the divine Judge? If a perfectly righteous God would allow guilty sinners to go scot-free without paying for their sins then He would be dishonest and discredited. 

The LORD is slow to anger and rich in faithful love, forgiving wrongdoing and rebellion. But He will not leave the guilty unpunished....
— Numbers 14:18

 

So how does God forgive guilty sinners and still remain holy Himself? He had an amazing plan! Jesus Christ was completely righteous, but He willingly took our sins upon Himself. Then He went to the cross and took God's judgment for those sins. God accepts what Jesus did for us. No one gets off scot-free because Jesus paid the debt for everyone! Now when we put our faith in Jesus as our Savior God is able to declare us to be righteous--and He remains perfectly righteous Himself!

But where do we learn about this amazing plan? The Bible! 

Third, there are other benefits of the resurrection. For instance: Christ's resurrection is the guarantee that we too shall be raised from the dead. And where do we learn about these bonuses? The Bible, of course (1 Corinthians 15:20-28).