“And if Christ has not been raised then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless….and if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins……BUT in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead!”
1 Corinthians 15:14, 17, 20a
The question of today’s devotional title may seem quite odd. We know Jesus did rise from the dead so why even ask ‘what if’ questions? Yet by asking the ‘what if’ questions, we further cement our belief at just how important the resurrection was.
If Jesus didn’t rise again, as Paul writes, then are faith is completely useless. We will just have put our hope in another random religious teacher, who died and that was the end of their religion. By believing in His resurrection, we put our hope and faith, not in a dead god but in a risen King. His resurrection proved that He was who He said He was. Not just another religious fanatic. Moreover, His resurrection proved that sin and death had and have no power over Him. He showed that He conquered sin and death and it is for this reason we are forgiven, and know that even in our death, we can live on eternally with Him.
If Jesus did not rise again and all the above was not true, what would be the point of our lives? Where would our hope come from? Yet it is true. Jesus did rise from the dead and that is our glorious hope and that is why we can trust Him with our own death and sins. He is the resurrected King. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead!