The Importance of the Resurrection
Pastor Jeffery Archie
Pastor Jeffery Archie
14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
The central theme of the gospel message has always been the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The message of the resurrection was key in its preaching of the gospel. This fact was often the cause of early Christians suffering punishment for their faith, even under the duress of torture and death.
As Paul admonishes the church at Corinth in the scripture above, the resurrection was a reality. Just a few years after Jesus was resurrected, some had already begun to doubt that Jesus had risen from the dead. Paul includes a list of witnesses who had seen the resurrected Christ-including himself in order to assure the believers that the resurrection was a fact (1 Cor. 15:5-8). His message was a message of hope for the church at Corinth that they had hope beyond this life.
The message that the man Jesus was crucified and then was resurrected became unique to the Christian faith. It often was a point of offense and mockery because the Jew could not accept a Messiah that died on a tree and the Romans found the thought of a resurrection foolish (1 Cor. 1:23). However, Paul taught that it is because of the crucifixion that we are redeemed (Gal. 3:13).
The resurrection validates that the message of the gospel is true, and our faith is not in vain. It also assures the believer that our sins have been washed away by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. As Paul stated in 1 Cor. 15:54, death has no dominion over our lives, and we are to view death as a conquered foe.
Today we are nearly two thousand years removed from this historical fact. We often attach to the Easter season such things as new clothing, bunnies, candy, and eggs. But for the Christian, this day should remind us that even though we may see physical death, we have eternal life and an eternal body awaiting us (1 Cor. 15:51-54, 1 Thess. 4:13-18). Jesus’ resurrection is our guarantee of a new glorious body. Jesus personally promises his disciples and followers this (John 14:19).
Because he lives, we will live also!