Easter is coming on April Fools Day and that is no joke! A well-known Easter tradition in churches worldwide is for someone to say, “the Lord is risen,” followed by the reply “He is risen indeed!” No one knows exactly when or where that tradition started. When Jesus spoke to two men on the road to Emmaus one of them proclaimed, The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!'” (Luke 24:33–34).
What if Jesus had not been risen? 1 Corinthians 15 answers that question with seven logical responses:
1. The dead are not raised – there is no resurrection if Jesus has not been resurrected. v.13,16
2. Preaching is useless – why waste people’s time if the resurrection is not true? v.14
3. Your faith is futile – what you believe is all based on a lie and is a waste of time. V.14,17
4. The apostles were all liars – v.15
5. You are still in your sins – v.17. There is no salvation without the resurrection.
6. Those who have previously died are eternally lost – v.18
7. Christians more than all people, are the most to be pitied – v.19. Since believers build their lives around the gospel we are wasting our time, money, and energy serving a God who is not alive but is dead. If the resurrection is not true, we should burn all our church buildings, stop holding worship services, meeting in small groups, going on mission’s trips, serving our community, giving offerings, serving in ministries etc.!
Of course, the wonderful truth is that Jesus is not dead, but He is alive! He is Risen indeed and that makes all the difference in the world. So then, build your life around the Risen Savior. Share the good needs with your friends and neighbors. Invite people to come to church with you and hear the glorious good news of life-changing, eternity-altering salvation in Christ alone! Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
In His Grip,