Monday, November 28, 2011
“ If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”
1 Corinthians 15:13-14
Without the resurrection, Christianity is just another unfulfilled, hoped for religion. Christ’s resurrection is God’s seal of approval on Jesus’ life and work. It demonstrates that Jesus is God in the flesh, not just a good man. Besides all that, if the resurrection is untrue, Christians are wasting their time. After all, why live a life of sacrifice and self-giving for nothing?
“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”
The Christian’s hope lies not just in Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross but in his life-giving resurrection from the dead.
“But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”