“The If-Thens of Jesus’ Resurrection”

April 20, 2014

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Summary

The implications of Jesus’ resurrection are numerous.  Our Lord’s rising from the dead declares that He is indeed God and all that He claimed to be; that His atoning death on the cross simultaneously satisfied God’s justice while demonstrating His amazing love for us; and by grace through faith, we have been made His own, being granted the sure and certain hope of our own respective resurrections unto eternal life.  Amen and Amen!  However, if Christ did not rise from the dead, the ramifications are stark, bleak, and hopeless.  As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:19: “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” (NIV)  Think about it–Jesus Christ, crucified, dead, and buried–period.  But glory be to God there is no period!  Despite spending three days in the tomb, it’s been empty for the past 2000 years.  And as a result, our graves will one day be empty as well!  Paul writes his exclamation mark in 1 Corinthians 15:20: “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (NIV)  He is risen!  He is risen indeed!

Bible References

  • 1 Corinthians 15:12 - 20
  • 1 Corinthians 15:42 - 44
  • 1 Corinthians 15:54 - 55

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