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[a] in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:12-20
I wish that I could live in the anticipation and celebration of Easter. Easter was nearly two weeks ago and I’m still looking at the cross and the empty tomb in awe. Seriously, this is the stuff that hallelujahs are made of! I don’t want to lose sight of this great hope for a moment so I cling to it.
As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians, if the resurrection did not happen, we (Christians) of all people, should be most pitied because our faith is foolish and we are still in our sins. The weight and utter heaviness of that reality is lifted by a most glorious “but” as we raise our voices and sing “BUT Christ has risen! He is not dead, but alive!”
He was risen that day the tomb was discovered empty, when the angles appeared to the women saying, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen” (Luke 24:6)! He was risen on Easter morning when we weeped over our sins that crucifed our Jesus and rejoiced that not even the grave could keep him there (Acts 2:18). And he is still risen today, at this very moment! He is sitting at the right hand of God making intercession for us (Romans 8:34).
The resurrection changes everything. It means Easter is not just a single day of celebration, but a beginning. It is how I long to live, striving to know Christ and the the power of his resurrection (Philippians 3:10).
Fisher getting creative (and messy) as she decorates eggs for hunting. Just curious, how do you guys feel about Easter traditions that have nothing to do with Jesus or the resurrection?