“But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 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. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that He raised Christ from the dead.”
Can you imagine what was going through Paul’s mind as he penned these words? No doubt (just as today), many were questioning the resurrection of the dead, and of Jesus in particular.
Today, as the children of God, we celebrate the empty tomb. Our faith is built and sustained on Jesus raising from the dead. As hard as this thought is to conceive in our mind, it gives us hope. Hope that one day, we too will be resurrected to live eternally with God. Every part of God’s redemptive plan has been far outside of the scope of our human thinking and reality. The Bible says His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8) and He has proven it in every step of His redemptive plan.
It’s 2022 and things are not much different than when Paul wrote these important words. The sad reality is that even after almost two thousand years, and much evidence, the world still refuses to accept Jesus and an empty tomb. However, we cannot allow this rejection to keep us from sharing the gospel with the lost. God is calling us and counting on us, to tell the story of the resurrected one, who can save anybody. Be prepared, the Summer of Salvation is just around the corner.