1 Corinthians 15:1-34; 2 Kings 10; Micah 1
Sometimes it seems like the future hinges on one decision. “Do I say ‘yes,’ or do I say ‘no?’” Paul put that type of decision in front of the Corinthians when he talked about the resurrection of Jesus. The resurrection is the turning point in our faith. After listing those people who had seen the risen Christ he then brought up the logical counter-argument that apparently some at Corinth were using: Christ hadn’t risen from the dead. The ramifications of that being true are staggering. Paul put it bluntly. “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.” (I Corinthians 15:14) To put it in more modern terms, if Christ didn’t rise from the dead, there’s no reason to keep up the charade. He would close down the church and go back to his old Pharisaic ways. The rest of us could go back to our old pagan ways because it wouldn’t make a difference. Today there are some who claim to be followers of Christ but discount the resurrection. They would appear to follow the moral teachings of Jesus, but would deny even the possibility of the resurrection because things don’t happen that way. They may be nice people. You could trust them with anything. They might even be great friends – but by denying the resurrection their message and life rings empty and there is no reason for faith. Again, without the resurrection there is no reason for faith. It is the resurrection of Jesus – the power over death – that changes our relationship with God. If the resurrection didn’t exist, life truly would be utterly meaningless, and without hope. With the resurrection, though we have the joy of a relationship with God. With the truth of the resurrection we have the promise of an eternal home with God. And so the question that must be acted upon: do you believe the resurrection of Jesus or not? Your response will make all the difference.
Lord, remind me of the meaning and power of Your resurrection each and every day. Let me live in the joy of a relationship with You. May my words and my deeds show others the hope that I have in You.