1 Cor 15:13-20 For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless…16 And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. 18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! 19 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world…
“The resurrection of Jesus Christ sets Christianity apart from any other religion. Christianity stands or falls with the truth of the resurrection. Once it is disproved Christianity is deposed.” Michael Green
“The Resurrection of Christ is a test question upon which depends the truth or falsehood of the Christian religion. It is either the greatest miracle or the greatest delusion which history records.?” Philip Schaff
If Christ is not risen our faith is empty; our faith is futile; our faith is miserable; our faith is dead! Is the resurrection true? Did it really happen? What’s so important about the resurrection? Was the story just made up?
There are many theories of how the Roman rulers and Jewish religious leaders tried to discredit the news of the resurrection of Jesus. The women went to the wrong tomb. There is the swoon theory that says Jesus didn’t really die on the cross; only fainted. He then revived in the tomb, left it and went to see the disciples. Another explanation was that thieves stole the body or that the disciples were just outright hallucinating.
“But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead.”…HE IS RISEN INDEED! Over 500 people saw Jesus after He rose from the dead. Millions of lives over centuries have been transformed by the resurrection of Jesus. Because Jesus is risen our faith is full; our faith is hopeful; our faith is exciting; our faith is living!
Acts 5:39 “…for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it–lest you even be found to fight against God.”
A life-altering, life-transforming belief in the resurrected Jesus and a passionate love relationship with Him – THAT IS EASTER FAITH!