For a moment, ask yourself this question, “What if Christ had not risen from the dead?”
In 1 Corinthians chapter 15 Paul answers that question. Two times in that passage of Scripture Paul states that if Christ be not risen from the dead, your faith is vain – our faith is empty!
It would be pointless for us to…
- Gather together each week to worship a dead man.
- Proclaim the “good news” of a dead man.
- Follow the precepts – as we find them in the Bible – of a dead man.
- Sing, “Would you be from the burden of sin? There’s power in the blood of the Lamb!”
Our “faith” – if you could even call it that – would be as pointless and empty as that of a Mormon, or a Jehovah’s Witness, or a Muslim, or a Hindu, or any other religion that is based upon a dead man.
But, praise the Lord, we do not worship a dead man. We worship a risen Savior. Our faith is not vain. Our faith is powerful because our faith is in the resurrected Son of God.
Some people say that the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a historical fact which has historical significance. I say that Christ’s life, death, burial, and resurrection are eternal truths that have eternal significance and allow me to share three with you this morning.
Message preached on Easter Sunday, 2015 by Pastor Joseph Campbell. Click here for Pastor Campbell’s sermon notes.