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A faith not in vain.

April 24, 2011

Sometimes it can be hard to concentrate on the meaning of Easter amid all of the bunnies, colored eggs, baskets, and candy and that have come to symbolize its ‘true’ significance among Americans, et al. And not that those things are wrong, but they definitely have nothing to do with Jesus and His resurrection. The following passage from 1 Corinthians is a pretty insane reminder of why the resurrection is a big deal. 

“Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.”

Did you catch that?! There’s these people in the Church at Corinth (the recipient of this letter from Paul), who didn’t believe in resurrection, specifically then they didn’t believe in the resurrection of Christ. What does Paul say? If you believe Christ rose from the dead on the third day, and He actually didn’t: your faith is in vain, you are a liar, you are against God, your faith is worthless, you’re still in your sin, those believers who have died have died eternally, and, don’t miss this, “[believers] are of all men most to be pitied“!!! The truth of the resurrection is utterly crucial to Christianity. Without the resurrection of Christ, celebrated on Easter, Christianity is a waste of time. You’d be better living it up and enjoying your few moments of life on the earth in whatever way you can. However, watch what Paul goes on to say in the verses immediately after those quoted:

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive but now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.”

That is HUGE! “Christ has been raised from the dead.” Adam brought sin, as the federal head, but Christ brought life (through His resurrection) as a true and better Adam.

“Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.” – 1 Timothy 3:16

We have the Word of God affirmed by apostolic eyewitnesses, the existence of the Christian faith itself, the testimony of the Holy Spirit, and God-given faith in what we have not seen. In Christ’s resurrection we have hope.

Happy Easter Sunday!

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  1. vickie permalink
    April 25, 2011 3:31 am

    That’s why I dislike the Easter Bunny trappings more than I dislike Santa Claus. It distracts from the wonder of Resurrection Day–that Christ is risen! That is THE essential thing that makes us a grace-full “religion”. Every other founder of a religion is dead. He/she is still in the grave, so in order to fulfill the demands of that “faith”, a person must work–follow the precepts to be acceptable. In Christianity, b/c of Christ’s resurrection, it is all done for us. All we do is believe to be acceptable. Of course, good works must follow, but we know we are loved and accepted in Him b/c of HIS work on the cross and HIS resurrection. It’s so simple, it’s hard to believe! But, we know, even then, God gives us His Holy Spirit to awaken us to that truth. It’s all of HIM! What a Savior!

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