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? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 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. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
– 1 Corinthians 15:12-22
In this passage, part of which we have seen in a previous post, the apostle Paul makes clear just how important is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead to our faith. In short, it is everything. Without the resurrection, the gospel of Jesus Christ collapses. But with the resurrection, it stands…forever and ever.
In the last sentence, Paul makes clear that as surely as death has come to every human being because of Adam, so resurrection will come to every human being because of Christ.
For this reason, in a passage we have seen before, Paul could write about:
…our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel…
– 2 Timothy 1:8-11
We didn’t need for death to come to light. We already knew about it. All too well. What we needed was for someone to bring immortality to light…and that’s just what Jesus of Nazareth did through His resurrection from the dead.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, thank You for taking the pains to bring to light our immortality. You could have left us in the dark and surprised us in the end, but You chose to give us hope!…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)