“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” —Mark 11:24
We never read anywhere in Scripture, or even in any extra-Biblical historical accounts that any of the Lord’s disciples ever said to a mountain, “Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea” (Mark 11:23).
“Tell me, then, sir, whom did Christ die for? Will you answer me a question or two, and I will tell you whether He died for you. Do you want a Saviour? Do you feel that you need a Saviour? Are you this morning conscious of sin? Has the Holy Spirit taught you that you are lost? Then Christ died for you and you will be saved. Are you this morning conscious that you have no hope in the world but Christ? Do you feel that you of yourself cannot offer an atonement that can satisfy God’s justice? Have you given up all confidence in yourselves? And can you say upon your bended knees, ‘Lord, save, or I perish’? Christ died for you.”
The resurrection of Christ was not only the evidence that everything the Scriptures said about Christ is true: who He was and what He has done; it’s not only evidence of that all Christ did, and all He was, and all He said about Himself is true; it’s not only evidence that Christ’s righteous and holy life, His sufficient and substitutionary and atoning sacrifice is true; but Christ’s resurrection from the dead is also evidence that the heavenly Father has accepted the sacrifice of His one and only, beloved Son as the perfect and complete atonement for sinful men who repent and believe. Trusting in the merits of man, such as church attendance, not only denies the resurrection of Christ, it blasphemes the resurrection of Christ. Salvation is found in Christ alone; and trusting in anything else or anyone else removes salvation from you as far as the east is from the west.