The Risen Christ, Our Hope
"Now, let me ask you something profound yet troubling. If you became believers because you trusted the proclamation that Christ is alive, risen from the dead, how can you let people say that there is no such thing as a resurrection? If there's no resurrection, there's no living Christ. And face it -- if there's no resurrection for Christ, everything we've told you is smoke and mirrors, and everything you've staked your life on is smoke and mirrors. Not only that, but we would be guilty of telling a string of barefaced lies about God, all these affidavits we passed on to you verifying that God raised up Christ -- sheer fabrications, if there's no resurrection. If corpses can't be raised, then Christ wasn't, because he was indeed dead. And if Christ weren't raised, then all you're doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever. It's even worse for those who died hoping in Christ and resurrection, because they're already in their graves. If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we're a pretty sorry lot. But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries."
(1 Corinthians 15:12-20, MSG)
Quite often when we think of Jesus, we think of the sweet little fragile baby that is lying in a manger. Or worse yet, we think of a broken Jesus that is still bleeding on across.
However, Jesus' life here on earth was not the end of His journey, it was only the beginning. Our God is not a baby lying in the manger anymore, nor a broken man dying on a cross. ... He's been raised from the dead and He is ALIVE. He is dressed in a holy robe, surrounded by heavenly hosts, interceding on your behalf.
This image is not one of fragility but one of resurrection POWER!
Mary Magdalene was the first to see Jesus' resurrected body. At the sight of Him, she wiped her tear-filled eyes and joyfully went throughout the town, spreading the good news of resurrection hope. Some believed her, others didn't. However, this did not deter her from sharing truth to an otherwise broken society.
Similarly to the seductive ideologies of today's society, Paul depicts a time where the Corinthians had difficulty discerning between the TRUTH of Jesus Christ and the lies of the world's philosophy. Although the Corinthians had faith in the Resurrection of Christ, some had begun to question the resurrection of believers. Paul reiterated that the two go hand in hand. Resurrection is not only possible but is essential to the Christian faith. In order to vindicate the work of His son, God raised Christ from the dead. Therefore, a denial of the resurrection of the dead is a denial of the gospel. Paul argued that if Christ were not raised from the dead, all believers throughout history would have believed for nothing, lived for nothing, and died for nothing.
Unfortunately, like many believers today, the Corinthians battled clinging to God's truth (since they were easily influenced by popular beliefs).
As believers, we should all be bold in witnessing God's accurate accounts. The given testimony's of the Bible are either all true, or none of it is true.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .