Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Importance of the Resurrection

I want to share a few thoughts today, Easter Sunday, the day we celebrate Christ's resurrection, about the supreme importance of that event.  Specifically, let's see what 1 Corinthians 15 says about it.

12Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
16For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
17And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
18Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

For us who are Christians, this is a sobering thought:  If Christ did not rise from the dead, we are without hope and miserable!  But the next verses give us great encouragment:

20But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
21For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Christ was seen by many people after His resurrection, and two millenia of history testify to His living influence in the lives of countless Christians.  And why?  Because He is alive!

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