13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.
1 Corinthians 15:13-14 & 20-24, English Standard Version
As we approach Easter Sunday, I thought it would be a good time to talk about the resurrection of Christ. Why is this such an important day to remember? For the church, two observances seem to stand out among the rest, Christmas and Easter. If people do not go to church any other time of the year, they will often not dream of missing church on these two religious holidays.
One of the clues is found in 1 Corinthians 15:14, shown above.
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
The Gospel of Christ can be summed up in three events: Christ's virgin birth, His death, and His resurrection. If any of these are missing, then what Gospel do we have? If Christ was not born of a virgin, then His Father was not God. If Christ, the God-man did not die for the sins of His people, then no payment has been made, and no one will be saved. If Christ was not resurrected from the dead, then there is no hope that we will be resurrected as well.
But, 1 Corinthians 15:20 does not leave us in despair.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
Christ is our first fruit; He has been raised from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God making intercession for His children. There rests our hope! True believers will also be raised from the dead and will live forever with the Lord in His kingdom on heaven and on the new earth.
That should put a song in your heart, and a bounce to your steps. What an amazing God we have to plan such a thing for a people so unworthy.
God Bless You,