12 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised;
14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.
15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.
16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised;
17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.
18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.
How important is the resurrection to the Christian faith?
Have you thought of this question before? Would it matter if Jesus was not actually raised from the dead? Paul reminded us that the resurrection is crucial to the Christian life.
As believers in Jesus, our hope is set on eternal life forever with God. However, that hope is based on salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. If Jesus was not actually raised from the dead, then His payment for sin was not sufficient before God and we are still dead in our sins. Recognizing this truth is vitally important!
This is why the resurrection is so important. Jesus’ resurrection guarantees the resurrection of those who are found in Him.
The reality of the resurrection is life-changing, both now and for eternity.
• How much importance have you given to the resurrection in the past? How does this passage change or sharpen your perspective on the resurrection?
• How should the reality of the resurrection impact your everyday life? What do you sense the Holy Spirit is leading you to do in obedience to this text?
• Pray that God will help you live the resurrected life that is essential to Christian faith as you become more like Jesus every day.