Sunday, March 27, 2016
“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… 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 15:13-14, 16-17
If you don’t believe in the resurrection, in the empty tomb, then you are not really a Christian. There is nothing in our faith that is more important. The resurrection is the central issue to Christianity. That’s because if the resurrection isn’t true then we’re still in our sins and following Christ is meaningless! Both believers and non-believers agree that if Jesus rose from the dead, then we have an intellectually strong argument that the claims of Christianity are true. If He didn’t, then all of Christianity falls. Believing in Jesus’ resurrection is not optional for us as Christians. There is no other name under heaven by which one can be saved, and no other method of salvation other than belief in and identification with Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and ascension.
The resurrection of Christ occupies a central place in the New Testament. It is mentioned directly over one hundred times. This is the central truth of the Christian faith. The importance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ cannot be overemphasized. Without the resurrection there is no Christianity.
The resurrection is the triumphant and glorious victory for every believer. Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose the third day according to the Scripture. And, He is coming again! This I believe and use as the basis for everything I do in my daily life. Do you?