Most Christians have become so numb to the easter story. We know that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. We know that he was raised back to life by God. We know. We know. We know a lot that sometimes the things we know are blinding us from their real implications.
Let’s a put a little twist to it. Have you ever thought:
What if Christ had not been raised to life?
1 Corinthians 15:12-19 (NIV)
But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
What if…. Christ is not alive?
1. We would still be in our sins; our faith would be futile.
If Christ had not been raised to life, then we are all still in our sins. All the sins we thought have been forgiven would in fact still be enslaving us one way or another; there would be no freedom at all. If Jesus is not alive then our faith in Him would be useless. Everything we have done and are doing for church or ministry means absolutely nothing if Jesus is not alive today. It would all be a waste of time.
2. We would be false witnesses about God
If Christ is not alive right now, the Christian faith would be an abomination. Not only that it would lead many souls to a false reality about God, but it would also lead them to eternal separation with the Creator. Our whole faith and way of living would be based on a lie. We would be the biggest liars this world has ever witnessed.
3. We would most to be pitied of all people
If there is no risen Christ, we Christians are to be the most pitied of all people. Why? Because our hope is lost, our faith is futile. Our whole way of living would be all empty. If Christ is not alive, we are building in absolute vain, and everyone in the world should feel sorry about that.
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” – C.S. Lewis
He is not here! He is risen!
Jesus is alive.
If you’re sceptical about it, ask this question: how would a hoax about someone’s resurrection from more than 2000 years ago still to this very day changing people’s lives?
Can you see that everything we believe about Christianity revolves around the risen Jesus? Only the complete work of Christ on the cross followed by his resurrection brought real forgiveness, real freedom, real hope, and real life.
This Easter, let’s take time to praise and worship God for He has raised Christ from the dead – the hope in which we now stand. Let us praise God for giving us a new life in Christ Jesus!
Romans 6:5-10 NIV
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.