April 23, 2019

“But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.”  1 Corinthians 15:13

In these days and weeks that follow the celebration of Easter, there are many theories about what took place at what Christians call the resurrection of Jesus. Did it actually happen? There’s the theory that the disciples took the body. Or that someone stole the body. There’s even a “swoon” theory that Jesus wasn’t really dead when they put Him in the tomb…that he was “out” or drugged when they put Him there and later, He just woke up! There are even more theories, but one question I have to ask you is, “Do you know what would make Christianity worthless?”

Well, if Christ did not rise from the dead and ANY of those other theories were true, Christianity would be built around a big lie. It would mean Jesus was a liar, because He said He would be killed and rise again. It would mean that the Bible is filled with lies, because over and over it writes of Jesus’ resurrection. It would mean that of all people on earth, Christians are to be pitied the most, for we have bought into a colossal hoax.

But, if Christ did rise from the dead, it means that when Jesus says He is the Son of God, He is believable. It means there is hope beyond the grave. It means every miracle in the Bible is believable. After all, if a man rises from the dead, what’s the big deal about parting the Red Sea or making the lame walk? Christianity rises and falls on the resurrection. No resurrection, and Christianity is worthless. But if He did rise, it means everything. Not only at Easter, but every second of every day.

I believe He did. How about you?