Does the Resurrection Matter?

One last Easter-related post before we resume our regularly scheduled programming …

Here’s a question to ask yourself today:

What difference does Jesus’ resurrection make in my life?

While you’re pondering that, flip open your Bible to 1 Corinthians 15, the Apostle Paul’s resurrection dissertation. Here’s what it says:

Hold firmly to the word. “I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.” (15:1-2)

Jesus died for our sins and was raised to life. “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (15:3-4)

There were hundreds of witnesses to the resurrection. “[H]e appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time … then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me.” (15:5-8)

Without the resurrection, faith is futile and we’re stuck in sin. “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” (15:17)

Jesus will raise to life those who belong to him. “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.” (15:23)

We’ll have awesome new bodies. “The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.” (15:42-43) “[W]e will all be changed — in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” (15:51-52)

Jesus beats death. “‘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.” (15:54-57)

So, what do we do now? “[S]tand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (15:58)

The bottom line …


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