If your Jesus risen?

“If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”  1 Corinthians 15:13-14.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Judges 8, Psalm 42, and 1 Corinthians 15.

If you’re not believing this, then you are not a true believer.

The resurrection of Jesus is crucial in the true believer’s story.

We say that our sins are forgiven, but are they?

We say that Jesus took them to death but was that punishment enough?

If Jesus stayed dead, we have no future.  The grave is the end.  All the promises of Jesus, about the next life, are bogus.  How could He save us from the consequences of our sins if He couldn’t save Himself?

But He was raised from the dead by God!  There is an Easter.  If all we had was Good Friday, it would need to be called; The Last Friday.

But it is not the end.  God accepted what Jesus did as enough to remove the sin consequences that we deserve and brought Him back to life.

The promises of an eternal after-life are still valid.  They’re going to happen.  Hallelujah!

“Lord, You have indeed conquered the grave.  You took away the consequences we deserved by dying in our places.  What a Savior!”

No resurrection?  No after-life.

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