It is interesting that the final two songs which we sang during today’s Easter service give different answers to the question of whether the resurrection of Jesus really happened or not — and that if it did, what the claim exactly entails. The first one says that the “empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.” The other one says, “You ask me how I know He lives; He lives within my heart!” Thus, the former espouses belief in evidence or empirical fact, while the latter promotes an existential or experiential form of belief in resurrection.
So, what is the “proof” that Jesus lives, then? Indeed, can we “prove” that Jesus has been raised from the dead? What is the basis of our claim and proclamation that Jesus has been raised from the dead?
(It’s hilarious when Prast commanded the congregation to stand and “raise ourselves” for the last stanza of Because He Lives, “Because He lives [he referred to the lyric here], let us raise ourselves together!” Not on purpose, of course.)