“Now if Christ be preached that He rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:12-14
For years there has been a discussion among liberal theologians about the validity of the resurrection of Jesus. With some saying that they don’t believe that He actually rose from the dead, and that it doesn’t matter anyhow. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is, He did rise from the dead, and it does make all the difference in the world.
Jesus’ resurrection is essential to our resurrection. If He didn’t defeat death spiritually and physically then there is no way that we ever will. If He didn’t defeat death then we’re still dead in our sins without any hope of salvation. How could He ever administer salvation if He wasn’t resurrected?
I’ve got good news for you…… Jesus is alive! He defeated death, hell, and the grave. He was resurrected on the third day just as the scriptures said He would be. In Revelation 5:6 the apostle John said there “stood a Lamb as it had been slain”. Slain lambs don’t stand, they fall down and stay down. However, Jesus the Lamb of God was slain, fell down, but got back up!!
When He got back up He gave us life, He gave us resurrection power, He gave us renewal and refreshing, and He gave us hope. So rejoice! JESUS IS ALIVE!!