1 Corinthians 15:12-14—”Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.”
We have all heard “Faith is the essence of things unseen the substance of things hoped for”. Every minute of our existence and salvation is tied to our faith in Christ.
Atheists and unbelievers say that there is no resurrection of the dead. In turn, (according to them) this means Christ is not risen. Let us look at our life through this hypothetical window. No resurrection means no risen Christ, and then, on what do we base our faith? Our faith becomes empty. Our preaching empty. Do you realise this means that our sins are not forgiven? If we are still in our sins, God has to stay away from us. If Christ weren’t raised, all we’re doing is wandering about in the dark. Those who died are already lost in their graves. We have no mercy and grace from God. All is lost. But, that was only hypothetication.
We became believers because we trusted the proclamation that Christ is alive, risen from the dead. Then, how can we let people say that there is no such thing as a resurrection? The truth is that Christ was raised up, the first in a legacy of those going to leave the cemeteries. Exactly as the Scripture tells it, the Messiah died for ‘our sins’ and was buried. When God raised Jesus from death, Jesus conquered sin and death. All who believe in Christ, have hope in him; hope for redemption and salvation by Him. We have hope for our future with God only because we believe in Christ.
Is your faith backed by Christ’s empty grave?