“Amazing love, how can it be, That you my King would die for me?”
“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” 1 Corinthians 15:17
I used to have trouble with that verse. Since becoming a Christian, the quality of my life has been so superior to my pre Christian life that I’ve thought, “Even if there is no eternal life, having a relationship with Jesus has still been worth it.”
Well, obviously I hadn’t thought that through. For one thing, if Jesus isn’t risen, then I haven’t had a relationship with anything other than my fantasy life. Second, I haven’t been freed from the power of sin because the power of sin is still intact. Death is the result of sin. The sign that Jesus HAS defeated sin is shown by the fact that He defeated death. The proof of that is His resurrection.
“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”
I’ve never been that into heaven. I mean I’m glad it exists and everything but I could live with this life being all there is. On the other hand the proof that I WILL rise again is in the fact that Jesus rose again. It’s proof that death itself has been defeated. My death is not the end, only a transition. Death does not result in just being laid in the ground. Rather, death results in us stepping through a portal into the only other dimension that we know exists.
It’s important that Jesus did in fact rise from the dead or else NOTHING that we claim to believe as Christians is true. If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, thus proving His claims of Godhood, Jesus couldn’t even be considered to be a good man. To say the things that Jesus said, and not have Him rise from the dead would make him one of the greatest liars, deceivers and frauds this world has ever seen.
Instead, the resurrection of Jesus shows:
Jesus IS the Son of God (Romans 1:4);
Jesus IS righteous (John 16:10);
Jesus HAS power and victory over death (Acts 2:24);
Jesus HAS guaranteed the believer’s forgiveness and justification (1 Corinthians 15:17; Romans 4:25),
Jesus HAS proven the reality of “resurrection life” (Romans 6:4).
Every year since becoming a Christian has been better than the year before. If this life was all there is, it would be good enough.
But that isn’t all there is.
Jesus’ resurrection is proof.
My faith is not futile.
My future is secure.
John 3:17 - For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Romans 8:1 - Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,