Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:16-26
Paul makes a big statement: If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile. Let’s look at three quick reasons as to why that’s true:
If Christ has not been raised, you are still in your sins
We have all ‘died in Adam’ (v. 22). All of us, like Adam, have turned our back on God and sinned against Him. We deserve judgement. But God made a perfect sacrifice for us: Jesus Christ. When He died on the cross, he wiped our sins clean. But if it’s the death that paid the sacrifice, why does Paul point to the resurrection of Christ, rather than His death?
I think the reason probably is that if Christ had not been raised, He could not have been God. If He wasn’t God, then He was just another man, and not sufficient to pay for the sins of the whole world. So, if Christ has not been raised, there is no sacrifice to take the punishment of your sins.
If Christ has not been raised, you cannot be raised
Paul says that when Christ returns, He will raise everyone who “belong to Him”. He will defeat all His enemies, including death (v. 26). If Christ has not been raised, death has not been defeated and so you cannot be raised.
If Christ has not been raised, you have no hope for the future
Paul writes that, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” If Christ hasn’t been raised, then there is no point to our faith beyond the end of this life. It is impotent. Those who have died as Christians are lost (v. 18). There is no hope for eternity, or for anything beyond the end of our years here.
But, Christ has been raised! If you trust in Him, you are no longer in your sins, you will one day be raised with Him, and you can trust that you will spend eternity with God.
Praise the Lord!