By Pr Patricia Ron
In 1Corinthians 15:12-19, Paul writes logically, step-by-step, to explain why the resurrection of Christ is necessary.
At that time, there was a question in most Christians’ hearts: “Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ necessary?”
They were Christians, but still Earthbound realists. If they did not get an immediate profit in whatever they did, they would say, “This is not necessary.”
These did not know that the ultimate necessity was in their faith.
Once they were very zealous Christians and spiritual, but they turned lukewarm Christians, inclined to be unspiritual.
Resurrection restored humanity from the power of death to Eternal life.
If there was no resurrection, the world would be under the power of death.
1Corinthians 15: 13, 26: “If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.”
What does Paul mean by “not even Christ”? Amidst all the names and faces of people who have died, only Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead.
In a vast field of death, Jesus Christ is the only seed of eternal life, through His resurrection.
Those who have no faith in the resurrection of Christ are the living dead who do not know how to cope with the thought of death.
To us who believe, death has no rule and power over us because we have been raised together with Christ and now seated with Him in the heavenly place.
Through Jesus’ resurrection, our faith in God is given meaning.
Knowing that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen, if there was no resurrection, our faith would be in vain (1Corinthians 15:14).
Christian faith rests on the death and resurrection of Christ.
We Christians believe Jesus Christ is the first begotten Son of God, and He died for our sins, rose from the dead and gave us a living hope in the Kingdom of God.
It is good news of great joy to all people. We believe this and proclaim it to the whole world.
The greatest news mortal ears have ever heard is that about Jesus Christ rising from the dead as He promised. The resurrection of Christ is the chief proof of the Christian faith.
In His resurrection, we have the answer to the great question of the ages, “If a man dies, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14).
The Bible teaches that: because Jesus Christ lives, we also shall live (John 14:19).
Because we believe in the resurrection of Christ, we can live victorious lives and become victors over the power of evil and death.
Proof of power
The Bible says after Jesus had been in the tomb for three days, God raised Him.
This means God is the Almighty Creator. Our God is the Almighty God who created Heaven and Earth by Word of His mouth.
He is the same God who raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Therefore, we should have confidence in His power.
Solution to sin
If there was no resurrection, there would be no solution for our sinfulness.
And if Christ had not been raised, our faith would be futile; we would still be in our sin; spiritually sick.
Sin makes man spiritually sick and unhappy. Jesus’ resurrection conquered the power of sin and death.
If Jesus Christ did not conquer the power of sin and death, all human race would still be under the power of sin and death.
For our glory
Without the resurrection, Christians would be pitied. Look at 1Corinthians 15:19: “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”
Christians are people who walk the narrow way. We carry the Cross of mission, and are called to live sacrificial lives.
We are called to expand the territory of the Kingdom of God. In so doing, we are despised and rejected by worldly people, simply because we want to be like Jesus.
But we keep the faith and fight the good fight because we believe the risen Christ is our inheritance.
Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, according to the Scriptures.
Because of that, Christians are not pitiful people. They are the most glorious people in the glorious resurrection of Christ (1 Peter 1:11).
The author is pastor at Miracle World Ministries, Mukono.
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