1 Corinthians 15:12 – “Now if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how is it that some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 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 vain [useless, amounting to nothing], and your faith is also vain [imaginary, unfounded, devoid of value and benefit—not based on truth]. 15 We are even discovered to be false witnesses [misrepresenting] God, because we testified concerning Him that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised, either; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless and powerless [mere delusion]; you are still in your sins [and under the control and penalty of sin]. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If we who are [abiding] in Christ have hoped only in this life [and this is all there is], then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied.” Amplified.
In a day when a world religious leader can suggest there is no hell one wonders what salvation means to him. I have long preached that the motivation for seeking God for Salvation should not simply be to avoid hell but to enter into fellowship with our Creator. Our remorse over sin should not be that we got caught and in repentance we avoid punishment but that our hearts are broken as God’s because of sin. Regardless of what motivates you to seek the Lord Jesus Christ and receive His mercy, forgiveness, and pardon that new life you are entering into would not be possible were it not for the Resurrection.
Jesus came, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life (no He did not have affairs and a secret wife and family), gave Himself a sacrifice on the Cross to satisfy divine justice to pay the penalty for the sin of mankind and purchase us back from the domain of the devil. On the Cross, He cried, “It Is Finished!” His death paid our debt and opened the door to salvation for whosoever and as he descended into the devil’s domain, He stripped the devil of his authority and took the keys of hell and the grave from him. Jesus revoked the devil’s authority upon anyone and everyone who would receive the atonement He (Jesus) provided. Then on the third day, He AROSE from the dead. The Resurrection is the key to the completion of the Work of Atonement! If Jesus did not rise from the dead then there is no resurrection for anyone, no atonement, no new birth, no salvation, and no access to the Father. Our faith would be in vain and our hope shattered on the rocks of despair. The angels declared on that Resurrection Morning – “He is not here… He is Risen!” They (Sanhedrin and Romans) killed Him but couldn’t keep Him dead! They crucified Him, but He arose triumphant over the devil and sin. HE IS ALIVE! HE IS RISEN!
As we celebrate this marvelous day, this incredible truth should penetrate our hearts with a sense of overwhelming awe, joy, gratitude, and thanksgiving. HE IS RISEN! We are not living a delusion, as some contend. We are not living in a fool’s paradise, hoping for something that is fictional. We are not serving a dead savior, but He is THE LIVING GOD! He is not the creation of some man’s imagination. Our religion or faith is not based on some man’s concoction of a system of religion. The Living Lord, when He comes into a heart TRANSFORMS that individual and transfers them from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. He rescues us, restores us, and empowers us with power over all the power and authority of the devil. WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS and that is verified in the Resurrection!
When He ascended into Heaven as the crowd witnessed, the angel said, “This same Jesus, just as you have seen Him go will come again.” The Resurrected Jesus is coming back for His bride, the blood-washed, forgiven, transformed body of believers who have trusted Him for salvation. My sins where are many have been covered in the blood and my Hope is IN HIM and the reality that He is Alive!
God bless you as you celebrate this wonderful Resurrection Sunday and reflect on what that event means to each of us and all who have lived and will live in the future. John reported it perfectly as He captured the words of Jesus in John 3:16 – “For God so [greatly] love and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Amplified.
As you celebrate His Resurrection and our Hope today I pray that the LORD will richly bless you! Have a Great day and may His blessings abound in your life!