Christianity makes no sense unless Jesus Christ literally and bodily rose from the dead.
In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, the apostle Paul writes to remind the Church of the gospel he preached. Of first importance, Paul says, is that Christ died for our sins, then He was buried, and on the third day He rose again and appeared to over 500 people, including Paul himself.
This is such an amazing story that some members of the Corinthian church do not believe it–at least not the last part in which Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to hundreds of people. The skeptics reason that it is not possible for the dead to live again. Paul is quick to remind them, “But if there is no resurrection from the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.” (1 Cor. 15:13, ESV)
Paul goes on to state clearly: without the resurrection there is no salvation. Jesus’s resurrection equals your redemption. “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” (1 Cor. 15:17, ESV)
Of course Paul insists that Christ has been raised from the dead, and if we place our faith in Him we share in His resurrection life and power. This is the gospel that Paul preaches.
In the next few blog posts I would like to examine the evidence for Jesus’s resurrection.
If He did raise from the dead, Paul’s gospel is true. Jesus’s teachings are true, and the historical account of the New Testament is true. He really brought us grace and truth. He really did proclaim the gospel of the kingdom, heal the sick, cleanse lepers, cast out demons, and raise the dead. He really did command His disciples to do the same. He even said they would do even greater works than Him.
If he did not raise from the dead, he and all his apostles were either liars or decieved. Christianity cannot be true if he did not raise from the dead.
Over the course of the next few posts, we will “test everything” and “hold fast what is good.” (1 Thess. 5:21, ESV)