Easter • Devotion #2: Futile?
“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” 1 Corinthians 15:17-19 NIV
There is power in the Word of God. Every time I read this verse, it gives me a new sense of wonder for the importance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I feel like we often hear in Christian circles things like “remember the cross,” “think about what Jesus did for us on that cross,” and the like. While there is nothing wrong with these sayings, I feel like our focus is sometimes misdirected. It seems like believers sometimes miss how important the resurrection was. If Jesus had died on that cross and stayed in that grave, we would have no hope. Paul says that our faith is futile without the resurrection! Essentially Paul is saying that without the resurrection we are not forgiven of our sins, anyone who has died believing in Christ is lost, we have no hope, and everyone should pity us. Those are some strong words. The resurrection of Christ is the most important event in the history of humanity. This one event solidified that Jesus Christ was who He said that He was, and it sealed the offer of salvation to everyone who believes in Him.
The truth of the resurrection should stir up action in your life. I love thinking about the lives of the disciples after the resurrection. They saw the resurrected body of Jesus Christ, heard His command to go into all the world to preach the Good News, and many of them took that message up until they were killed for their message. They saw their Savior raised to life, and they knew that they needed to go and tell the world about it. We may have not physically seen Jesus resurrected, but we have the historical accounts of it in Scripture, and we have our accounts of how the resurrected Christ has impacted our lives. Take Jesus’ story and your story of salvation in Him and tell anyone who will listen. Do not be inhibited by fear of how the world will react to you; the disciples did not let threats of death keep them from sharing their message. We cannot miss the importance of the resurrection. When you fully grasp the significance of it, I promise it will radically change your life.