Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
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.
Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
For if 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.
Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
– 1 Corinthians 15:12-22
The cross of Calvary was a place where the sin of man came into direct collision with the righteousness of God. The result was that man’s sin was crossed out by the grace and mercy of God; but not without a cost. To satisfy the demands of justice, the sinless Son of God died on the Cross that sinful man may obtain pardon and redemption. God gave up His son to die for man because of His love for man (John 3:16).
Christians the world over mark today as Easter Sunday. This is the day in which the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead is celebrated.
The reason why the rising of the Lord from the dead should be widely celebrated among Christians is given in 1 Cor. 15:17-18, “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.”
The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the anchor of the blessed hope of all believers that where the Lord is, we shall also be. “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead (1 Cor. 15:20-22).
Jesus confronted death head-on at Calvary. He died and descended to hell. But on the third day, He rose from the dead and announced, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…” (Matthew 28:18-19). The least we can do to appreciate the Lord for the inestimable price He paid for us is to arise and do as He commanded.
- Reflect on the Lord’s death and resurrection and rededicate your life to His service.
CONFESSION: The death and resurrection of Jesus is the turning point for all mankind. I live and reign with Him.