“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” 1 Corinthians 15:17
Creation could have happened in 6, literal days or over 6 billion years. If science were to prove something either way tomorrow, it would have no affect on my faith.
The Flood could’ve covered the whole Earth or it could’ve just covered where Noah and humanity inhabited.
I could be really wrong on a variety of my own interpretations of Scripture. I could have some mixed up views of who God really is. In fact, I am sure I don’t know a whole host of things about God.
But if Jesus doesn’t rise up from the grave, my faith is worthless. It all hinges on one moment. One piece of history. One moment of redemption – God making it so I could have a real, living relationship with Him – and have a full life here on Earth.
But I recently read that nearly 1/3 of Christians don’t believe in a physical resurrection of Jesus. And so I’m wondering – What is the basis of our faith with the resurrection gone?
Tim Keller writes, “If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said?”
Why live a radical life of sacrifice if Jesus wasn’t really the son of God? That wouldn’t make any sense.
It’s all or nothing for me when it comes to the Resurrection.
Jesus is either a nut job or he is Lord.
Without the resurrection, I’d enjoy a couple of quotes on peace and love from Jesus, but I’m not going to follow Him with my life. In fact, for me, I may not even believe in God’s promises. Or His love. Or His care for me. Or that I could be experiencing resurrection from all the death in my own life – or that I could be made whole.
I don’t know where I’d be, but I do know that my entire life trajectory has been altered by God’s son.
I believe it.
And I’m in.
I’m all in.
“God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.” Acts 2:24
Where are you at?