What if Christ was not raised?

1 Corinthians 15:12-19

The Resurrection of the Dead

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:12-19 ESV)

As we live in the time between Good Friday and Easter morning, ask yourself where we would be if Jesus Christ had not been raised?

· Our preaching is empty and worthless v. 14

· Our faith is empty and worthless v. 14, 17

· Our lives are against God v. 15

· Our sins are not forgiven v. 17

· Our dead are lost forever v. 18

· Our lives are pitiful v. 19

Steven Brazzell

Charlotte, NC