Today’s Scripture: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 1 Corinthians 15:17
|What is the most important difference between Christianity and all the religions of the world? It’s the resurrection. The resurrection is what proves that Christ’s payment for our sins was accepted. You can find the bones of Mohammed, the ashes of Buddha, and the remains of any other religious leader. If Christ didn’t rise again, He would have just been like any other man. The resurrection substantiates Christ’s claim to be the Savior.
But how do we know Christ rose from the dead? What proof do we have of His resurrection? Many theories have been devised to discredit the resurrection. Some claim the women and apostles who went to the tomb went to the wrong one. If this was true, why didn’t the Jewish leaders or the Romans present the body and disprove the resurrection?
Others claim the resurrection was a hallucination of the apostles. However, over 500 people saw Christ after the resurrection, and Thomas didn’t want to believe until he saw Jesus. The Jewish leaders claimed the disciples had stolen Christ’s body, yet the apostles were persecuted, put in prison, and gave their lives for preaching the Gospel. They wouldn’t have suffered all that for something they knew to be a lie.
Christ claimed, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” (John 10:17-18) The resurrection verified His claim to have the power to raise Himself from the dead.
If He didn’t rise again, His claim to be the Son of God would be proven false. The resurrection is the fundamental premise of Christianity. The Apostle Paul stated this in our verse: If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Thank God for the resurrection because our faith rests on that fact.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder