My Thoughts. . .

Thursday, March 28, 2019

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, then Christ is not risen.  And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.”  1 Corinthians 15:12-14

What if Jesus had not been raised from the dead?  What if his remains are lock away in a hidden grave somewhere?  Paul states that if that is so, then his preaching has been “empty,” “vain,” or “worthless.”  Everyone who said they saw him after the resurrection would be a liar, or crazy.  Judas Iscariot would have died in vain.  The soldier who looked at Jesus on the cross and said, “Truly this was the Son of God” was influenced by superstition and motivated by his paganism (Matthew 27:54).  The devils and demons that cried out “Son of God” were just as blind as the apostles were (Matthew 8:29; 14:33).

It would mean that God never added anyone to the body of Christ.  Everyone would still be in their sins (John 8:24; 1 Corinthians 15:17).  Jesus’ promise to build his church would be an empty one.  Even if folks built a building and put Jesus’ name on the street sign, or his Jewish title, it would only announce a pathetic lie.

Man would still be facing God’s wrath.  Man would be without hope.  When one experienced his last breath, there would be nothing more to look forward to.  All would be vain.  If there is no God, then man lives out his four score and dies.  Man is only dust, waiting to spread himself around.  Dust isn’t worth much, so human life means nothing.

If there was is no resurrection, then Jesus’ name would not be worth any more than the name of another.  If Jesus wasn’t resurrected, would people be using George Washington or Abraham Lincoln’s name as an expression of profanity?  There were numerous Jews claiming or being claimed as the expected Messiah, but few of them are remembered unless you blow the dust off some history book.  Jesus never raised an army.  He never signed a combat order.  He never trained men how to fight.  He told his apostles to buy a sword if they did not have one, but commanded Peter to put his up when he used it.  He never fought for an earthly kingdom nor promised one.  He had angels at his beckon call but did not mobilize them.

Jesus came for one purpose.  You and me!  We were lost and could not save ourselves.  Our righteousness was worth less than filthy rags.   We were and are incapable of paying our ransom price.  Hell would be our final place of unrest.  If it does not exist, then eternal and mindless darkness would prevail.

Jesus came to give us life.  A life that was lost in Eden.  We neither deserved it nor could pay for it.  He came and paid our price on the cross.  He made it possible for us to enjoy fellowship with the Father here and in eternity.