Monday, April 17, 2017
Last post I mentioned how we're taking a break from our "dealing with" series in order to focus one post on Easter. Next post, I'll be resuming with the "dealing with" series. So, enjoy!
I think that most of you know that Easter is celebrated among Christians to remember the resurrection of Christ from the grave. But does that really matter? Did Jesus really have to rise up from the dead?
1 Corinthians 15 addresses this issue with clarity. There were some in the church at Corinth who believed there could be no resurrection from the dead. So Paul wrote by giving them a real life example - Jesus.
But let's get back to the question - Did Jesus have to rise from the dead? Let's take a look at 1 Corinthians 15 to find the answer.
"But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. For is the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins." ~ 1 Corinthians 15:13-14, 16-17 KJVWithout Christ's resurrection, all of Christendom would be vain. Why? Because how powerful is a god who can't overcome death? And who would want to believe in that god?
Aren't you grateful that our God can overcome death? Because of the resurrection we can truly say:
"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." ~ 1 Corinthians 15:55,57 KJVSo, the thing we celebrate at Easter - Christ's resurrection - is a big deal. We would be lost without it.
And because Jesus rose from the dead, we will one day rise with Him as well!
Happy Easter my friends!