But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 1 Corinthians 15:12
A few years ago the movie “Heaven is for Real” was out and I thought it was interesting the reactions the boys story had gotten. Not just from the media but mainly his church, especially his father who was a minister. If someone told you they had been resurrected from the dead, why is this so shocking for Christians to believe?
Don’t we believe Jesus had been risen from the dead after 3 days? (Matthew 28) Don’t we believe Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead also? (Luke 7) Don’t we believe Elijah resurrected the son of Zarephaths widow? (2 Kings 4:35) Don’t we believe Peter resurrected Tabitha from the dead? (Acts 9:36-42) Don’t we believe Paul resurrected Eutychus from the dead? (Acts 20:9-12)
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 1 Corinthians 15:13-14
Without the resurrection there is no Christianity, if you don’t believe in the resurrection then you don’t believe in Jesus as your Messiah. Thru his sacrifice Jesus has defeated death and was resurrected by the Power of God.
More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 1 Corinthians 15-16
All our hope is in Jesus Christ, by his blood we have been redeemed and will have eternal life. If you don’t believe this , then your simply not a Christian.
Going back to that movie makes you wonder, if a child at your church told you they have been resurrected and been to Heaven, would you believe them? Or would simply alienate them? Do you believe you will be resurrected? Then why won’t other Christians as well?
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 1Corinthians 17-19
Sin equals death, unless death is defeated we are dead. It’s only thru the redemption and resurrection of Christ we are alive. If you don’t believe this, you are not alive but a ticking clock.
Don’ dismiss the Power of God, don’t dismiss the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s only thru him we may have eternal life, may your faith not waver and Christ gives you strength in Jesus Name Amen