And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. 1 Corinthians 15:19
Is this stuff really true? Did someone who was dead come back to life? Should we bank everything on the idea of a Risen King?
Yes. Yes. YES!
These aren’t new questions. The Corinthian believers needed this reminder then — shortly after the resurrection — just as much as we do now, nearly 2000 years later. The apostle Paul gives us the assurance of this truth: Jesus Christ is not in a tomb, but risen, alive, and seated at the right hand of the Father. But that’s not all he tells us in this chapter.
Ever try to succinctly summarize the gospel but struggle with the words to do so? Look no further than verses 3 & 4 the next time you need the Good News: “I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.” WHAT INCREDIBLE HOPE & TRUTH PACKED INTO TWO VERSES!
Here are a few things I found important from this passage. In the comments section, please feel free to let us know what jumped out to you.
- Affirmation of resurrection.
- Affirmation of eyewitnesses to the resurrection.
- Powerful summary of the Good News.
- Urgency of the Gospel.
- Hope for our future resurrection.
- Combating false doctrine (baptism by proxy).
- Challenge to risk it all for Jesus.
To close today, here are two of my favorite songs about the resurrection. Blessings to you, church family, as you bask in the goodness of the Risen King Jesus.
By: Todd Thomas