Today’s Scripture: Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 1¬†Corinthians¬†15:12-14

Have you ever watched children have a tea party? They gather all their stuffed animals, fake little pastries and plastic plates and cups, sit down, and pretend to have this grand event. In reality, there is nothing real about it. First of all, there is no tea. There are no real baked goods, china, and the stuffed animals could not enjoy these things with them even if there were real tea and goodies. It is all pretend. Aside from childish enjoyment, there is absolutely no point for a tea party.

Likewise, if we are not convinced and convicted of the resurrection, if it is not true, we are playing a Christian tea party. How much importance should we place on the resurrection? One author put it this way, “If in this life we have hoped in Christ only, we are more to be pitied than all men. If, in this life, we have no other hope and confidence but in Christ, (and if he be still dead, and not yet risen), we are more to be pitied than any other men; we are sadly deceived; we have denied ourselves, and been denied by others; have mortified ourselves, and been persecuted by our fellow creatures on account of our belief and hope in One who is not existing, and therefore can neither succor us here, nor reward us hereafter.”

We would be the most miserable people on earth without the resurrection. On the other hand, if Christ did rise from the dead, none of us will ever be wrong for how much we served him. I don’t know how I could live if I couldn’t pray to a risen King. Every Christian experience would be invalidated without the resurrection. Praise God, I have been to the Garden Tomb many times, and I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is empty. Because our Savior did conquer death, visiting that tomb and having communion there is one of the most moving experiences I have ever had.

Since Christ rose from the dead for each of us, nothing we do for Him can ever cost too much, hurt too badly, or cause us to suffer too much for Him. You may be tempted to be angry at God for the circumstances He is putting you through in your life right now. Even when everything seems to be falling apart, your God is alive and He is holding it all together. Don’t live like God is dead. He is walking beside you right now, holding your hand with His nail-pierced hand. Resurrect the resurrection in your life today and everyday by keeping it at the forefront of your thoughts. If you live like you serve a risen Savior, the world may just realize that this is anything but a tea party.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder