“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.
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.”
1 Corinthians 15:12-22
I’m so excited to hear my husband read these verses to our family on Easter Sunday when we take time to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead!
But there is not just excitement in these verses about the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead – There is also a warning to those who have not believed this truth.
What do we learn in these verses if we say there is NO resurrection from the dead?
- Not even Christ has been raised
- Then all preaching and faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is in vain
- We are found to be false witnesses of God because we testify against Him
- Our faith is worthless
- We are still in our sins
- Those who believed in Jesus and have died have perished
- Then we are of all men most to be pitied
These verses must have been so hard for Paul to write to the Corinthian believers. Just making bullet points above of what it would mean if I did not believe in the resurrection of the dead makes my heart so sad – I would have no hope in this life nor in one to come!
And why would these believers in Corinth believe in Jesus Christ, but not in the resurrection? There must have been such confusion and deception in that time. But is it any different today? I can hear Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians and one that we should pray over our families today:
“…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know
– what is the hope of His calling,
– what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and
– what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead
and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”
Now, what do we learn about Jesus from 1 Corinthians 15:12-22?
- He HAS been raised from the dead!
- He is the first fruit of those who are asleep!
- By Him came the resurrection of the dead!
- In Him all will be made alive!
This is so exciting and this is the reason we celebrate Easter! Jesus Christ HAS risen from the dead and when we believe in Him, we are identified with Him in His death, burial, and resurrection! We are justified before God when we believe in His Son!
Although the sin of Adam has brought about death to us all, Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection has brought about life to all who believe in Him! Hallelujah!
When there seemed to be no way, God made a way through His Son Jesus Christ! Oh, thank You Father for raising Jesus from the dead! Thank You!
What are your thoughts about these verses? How does your family celebrate Easter? Do you have favorite Scriptures to read during your Easter dinner? Do you have a favorite Easter song? I would love to hear from you in the “Comment” section below. 🙂
Fixing our eyes on Jesus – Have a Happy SimplyLiving Week as you prepare to celebrate Easter Sunday!
Look for my next post on “How Our Family Celebrates Easter“