Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Our Life is in Christ

[12] Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? [13] But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. [14] And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. [15] We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 1 Cor. 15:12-15 (ESV)

Our life is in Christ. His resurrection is our resurrection. Because He was raised from the dead, we know that we too will be raised from the dead. Many would like to ignore that Christ was raised from the dead. No historical fact has ever been as hotly contested as the resurrection of Christ. There is more historical evidence for this event than most other historical events of antiquity. Yet it is harder to believe than the fact that Caesar crossed the Rubicon. But no one doubts Caesar’s own account of his crossing as providing historical evidence of that event. Perhaps because it has little to do with our life today. Yet, people want to dismiss out of hand the testimony of over 500, and four eyewitness accounts of Christ’s resurrection, as providing any evidence of the resurrection, because it has everything to do with our lives today. If Christ was raised from the dead it changes everything about who we are, how we live, and how we view the world. But if Christ was not raised from the dead, then we have no reason to listen to Christ, and we who have are most to be pitied.
If Christ has not been raised from the dead, than perhaps we, who like Paul, have made a career out of preaching Christ are even more to be pitied. For not only has our preaching been in vain, but we are now guilty of blasphemy of the worst kind. If Christ has not been raised from the dead, then we have made God to be a liar. Thanks be to God, Christ is risen, he is risen indeed. And our faith, and preaching rest on that fact.

1 comment:

Es ist das Heil said...

He's risen, He's risen,
Christ Jesus, the Lord!
He opened Death's prison,
the Incarnate Word!
Break forth, hosts of heaven,
in jubilant song,
And, earth,sea, and mountain,
the paean prolong!!
(TLH 198)