“But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 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. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” – 1 Corinthians 15:12-17
In 1st Corinthians 15 Paul writes about the truth of Easter Sunday. People in the city were denying the resurrection of the dead and Paul writes to encourage the believers to the truth of this event. Paul even connects the resurrection of Christ to the hope we have of our own resurrection when He returns. If the resurrection is not true then Paul’s preaching is useless, and there is no need to even preach at all. Paul mentions earlier in the chapter that there are people still alive who saw Christ after He rose from the dead, one could go and talk to them and hear about the truth of this event. Christ really was raised from the dead.
This weekend is the most important week for Christians. As a church family we gather twice this week. We gather on Friday to remember the sacrifice of Christ, a death that covers our sins through the blood of Christ that was spilled out for us. Then on Sunday, in a glorious celebration we look at the resurrection of Christ. The resurrection gives us the hope that we have of eternal life. Without these events our faith, as Paul says, is “… futile; you are still in your sins.” Without Easter we would still be dead in our sins and have no hope of eternal life with Christ. This is the Gospel that people need to hear! Who can we invite to church so they can hear the truth about the death and resurrection of Christ? If ever there is a day that people are open to coming to church it is Easter! But another question, is how has this event changed our lives? How are we living with the understanding of all that Christ has done for us? I encourage you to read through the Easter story, and maybe even watch The Passion of the Christ. These events are something we should think about more than just once a year; these events changed everything! — Seth
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1st Corinthians 15:54-57
Further Reading – 1 Corinthians 15; John 20; Luke 24; Mark 16; Matthew 28