“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, then Christ is not risen… And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” (I Cor. 15:12, 17-19)
“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep [died]. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.” (I Cor. 15:-20-22)
The Gospel – Good News
“Moreover brethren, I declared to you the gospel…. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me [the apostle Paul] also, as by one born out of due time.” (I Cor. 15:1,3-8)
The Deity and the Resurrection of Jesus distinguishes Christianity from every other faith. Jesus paid our sin debt on the cross. It is finished! He rose from the grave on the third day. The tomb is empty. After He arose, He was seen by more than five hundred people . He ascended into heaven. He’s coming back again. “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20)
Happy Resurrection Day!