“But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?” — 1 Corinthians 15:12
We are living in a culture that is intolerant of tolerance. Most people are afraid of offending someone especially in regard to faith in Jesus Christ. Our first impulse today is to tread lightly and, if you are asked about your faith, water it down and cause no waves whatsoever.
We are less likely to speak the truth for fear of being labeled as mean-spirited or judgmental. Yet, the resurrection of Jesus Christ cuts through the minutia of cultural norms and demands our attention.
The resurrection of Jesus begs the question: Should it matter to you? Yes, and here is why.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the basis of four crucial truths:
1. The basis of which your sins are forgiven. “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” — Romans 4:25
2. The basis of which you will be resurrected. “because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.” — 2 Corinthians 4:14
3. The basis of which you are saved. “The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead — whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior, that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.” — Acts 5:30-31
4. The basis of which you connect to His forgiveness and experience His fellowship. “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” — Romans 6:3-4
What you believe matters. Different ideas and philosophies are vying for your attention. The light of the resurrected savior shines forth, a strong beacon in this dark and dreary world for the lost desparate soul yearning for something greater, ever present, ever ready to save and transform.
To hear more on these wonderful truths discussed in detail, join us for our gospel meeting June 9-16 at 10 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the South Canadian Valley Church of Christ in Norman.