Jesus our King: pt2, The Risen King

by Steve Reynolds  /  Matthew 27:62-28:20  /  March 27, 2016

Prior to the 1600’s, most scientists and every Christian believed that the earth was the center of the universe; that the sun, and the entire galaxy, rotated around us. That was until scientists, including the famous astronomer Galileo, begun to argue that the earth actually moved around the sun, making it the center of the universe. This angered the church at the time, and in February 1616, Galileo was told by the Pope at the time and another Cardinal, “to abandon completely… the opinion that the sun stands still at the center of the world and the earth moves, and henceforth not to hold, teach, or defend it in any way whatever, either orally or in writing.” As a scientist committed to his work, Galileo refused and continued to teach this for years. That was until 1633 (17 years later) when he was formally charged with heresy; the document read thus: “We pronounce, judge, and declare, that you, the said Galileo… have rendered yourself vehemently suspected by this Holy Office of heresy, that is, of having believed and held the doctrine (which is false and contrary to the Holy and Divine Scriptures) that the sun is the center of the world, and that it does not move from east to west, and that the earth does move, and is not the center of the world.” Galileo’s books were banned and he was placed on house arrest for his entire life; all for teaching that the earth was not the center of the universe. And, as one of my professors once said, for all of those years before Galileo taught, during which he was teaching, during his house arrest, and for the nearly 300 years later before anyone admitted he was right, for all of that time: the earth still rotated around the sun. Galileo was right. No one teaches the opposite anymore. Truth is a funny thing; no matter what opinion you may have, no matter how powerful you are, and no matter how much money you throw at it, truth will always be truth and nothing changes that. Today, we celebrate a truth: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And no matter how many theories are created or how many opinions are formed or how many people don’t agree with it, the truth will always be the truth. Today, I pray that you will see: Christ’s resurrection is truth in a world of lies.