Staring this Sunday at Asbury, we are starting a series entitled “What’s Next.” Easter has come. The Lord is risen. What do we do about it now?
And with that, it’s kinda neat that that passages we are looking at during our morning readings deal with the reality of resurrection. Paul writes a great deal about how all all human history hinges upon this moment. If Christ has been raised, then nothing can stay (or will stay) the same. If Christ has not been raised, then why are we doing all this?
So, the question that we have to answer today is this. Do we really believe that Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead? Do we really believe in the power and truth of the resurrection? If so, that really changed everything. Listen to what Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15: 12-19:
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.
But, if He has been raised, then sin, death, and the grave are defeated.
Not to be trite, but those are the two options. If He was not raised, then this all pointless.
If He was raised, then nothing, nothing, nothing in all of creation, no power of hell, no scheme of man, nothing at all can stop the power of God. Nothing.
Not your sins, not your mistakes, nothing. Nothing. If He is raised, then we have access to the power to change us, and everything.
So, what do you say this morning? Do you really believe it? Really?
If so, if you do, may today, you live in the power of the resurrection, and know that you your life will never be the same.
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