“Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. (1 Cor 15:12-14)
Easter morning sermons resonate with the Hope we have in Christ. Biblical faith and hope are built on our understanding of the work of Christ. The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is a historical fact. It not only validates His deity but also validates the Scriptures. It confirms Jesus’ claims that He would be raised on the third day (John 2:19-21; Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:34). And if Christ is not risen then we don’t have any hope (1 Cor 15:13, 16).
We often hear the gospel message preached with no emphasis on the resurrection. The fact is, apart from Christ’s bodily resurrection, we have no salvation, and no hope of eternal life. The apostles emphasized more on the resurrection than the cross. This is the gospel they preached that Christ is truly risen! The resurrection of Christ is central to the gospel message (1 Cor 15:4-“… and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,” affirms the bodily resurrection. It was a reality to them as it compelled them to live holy lives as God intended them to live. Is it a reality to us today? Not once in a year but every day of our lives? Imagine what the church (community of God’s people) would be like if we reflect on this glorious truth and celebrate the new life in Christ every day? It is glorious because…
Jesus’ resurrection purchased our justification (Romans 4:25). It means that in His resurrection He was declared righteous and He shared His righteousness with all those who believed in Him and counted them as righteous. We cannot fully experience the joy of salvation without understanding this glorious truth. His resurrection gives us hope beyond the grave. Jesus’ resurrection guarantees our resurrection! We live in this fallen world and we all know and have experienced the grief and pain over the loss of our loved ones. There is nothing wrong about grieving but “let us not grieve as others who do not have hope” (1 Thess 4:13) but let’s grieve with hope. Because Jesus conquered sin, death, and the grave and one day we too will rise and meet our loved ones again and spend our eternity in the presence of the Lord forever. It is possible because “Christos Anesti”- Christ is risen- He is truly risen!
May this risen Lord Jesus reign in our hearts! Have a wonderful day!