The Foundational Truth

When it comes down to it, everything about Christianity revolves around the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every word of the bible and every promise of God and every prophesy of the things to come are confirmed or denied depending on our risen Savior.

This is not just another holiday. It is not something that is set aside for one day of the year. The resurrection of Christ is what Christians live for every single day. It is not just an addition to our lives, it is our lives.

In 1 Corinthians 15:13-19, we see that if there is no resurrection of the dead, then:

  • Not even Christ has been raised
  • Our preaching is in vain
  • Our faith is in vain
  • We are found to be misrepresenting God
  • Our faith is futile
  • We are still in our sins
  • We are of all people most to be pitied.

Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, there is no hope. No savior, no forgiveness, no faith. If he did not rise, then we might as well eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.

But the truth is that He has indeed risen! Man could not keep him down. Death could not hold him down. The truth is that our faith is not in vain. And there is so much more. Because He has risen:

  • Those who believe have victory over death through Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)
  • Those who believe are declared in right standing before God through Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)
  • Those who believe, though still sinners, are counted righteous in Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • Those who believe are forgiven of all sin, past, present, and future, because of Jesus Christ. (Colossians 2:13-14)
  • Those who believe are a new creation in Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • Those who believe will one day be raised imperishable with Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:52)

This is the true gospel, that Christ is risen, and that in Him you can have eternal life. And this gift is given to those who realize they are sinners (Romans 3:23), repent and believe (Mark 1:15), and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and has risen (Romans 10:9).

It is my prayer that you will believe in the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus and be saved.

Preeminence of Christ

Our identity is not first in our job,

nor is it in our skin color,

nor is it in our status.

But in Christ alone. (Galatians 2:20)

Our allegiance is not first to a country,

nor is it to a president,

nor is it to a political party,

But to Christ alone. (Matthew 6:24)

Our faith is not in a religious leader,

nor is it in a building,

not is it in our own ability.

But in Christ alone. (1 Corinthians 2:5)

Our hope is not in prosperity,

nor is it in health,

nor is it in wealth,

But in Christ alone. (1 Peter 1:13)

The Most Important Thing We Need

When considering the most important thing we need for life, food and water and air would most likely be at the top of that list. It is true that we are designed is such a way to need each one of them to live. It has been reported that we can go without food for about three weeks. It has also been reported that we can go without water for as little as three days to possibly eight or ten days. As for air? I know that I struggle to hold my breath under water when swimming up from the depths of a pool.

then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

(Genesis 2:7 ESV)

From the beginning of time, God gave us our very breath. It is by His design that we need air. As I sit here and type these words, I feel my core stretch outwards and then back inwards. Without much thought, the muscles in my body are helping my lungs move in such a way so that air would come in to my body and then air would go out of my body. This act of breathing, every movement involved to receive this air, is a gift from God.

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

(Genesis 1:29 ESV)

From the beginning of time, God provided us our very food. He knew that it was something we needed because by His sovereign power he designed man. About an hour ago, I was sitting at this kitchen table eating breakfast. My stomach was rumbling and I knew that was an indication I was hungry. So I added water and grounds to the coffee pot, turned on the skillet, and prepared some eggs and toast to satisfy that desire. The Apostle John wrote, “all things were made through him” (John 1:3). This includes the breakfast I enjoyed this morning.

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

(Matthew 4:4 ESV)

But food and water and air are not the most important things that we need to live. It is true that our bodies would not function without them, and that by consuming them, they sustain the life in us now. Yet they do not provide eternal life. We should not, and can not live on those things alone.

If Jesus, after forty days of fasting, denied himself the things needful to his body, and if in the moment of temptation he denied His divine power to declare by His word that stone would turn into bread, and instead quoted scripture to endure temptation for the very purpose of showing the importance of the word of God, then shouldn’t the question arise within us why we ourselves might deny the importance of that very word to us?

This is the very thing we have done from the beginning of time. It is what has separated us from God. Since the moment Adam and Eve denied God’s word (Genesis 3:6), we have been under the curse of death. But God, in His mercy, has provided us a way to be reconciled to a relationship with Him.

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

(Romans 10:17 ESV)

It is by the word of God that we may live. He spoke us into existence, giving us life and breath by His word. And it is by the word of God that we may not perish, but have eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

(John 3:16 ESV)

The word of God is trustworthy and true. He revealed himself to us by His word. Jesus Christ is the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6). By believing that His righteousness and sacrifice on the cross was sufficient to satisfy the punishment we so deserve for our sins, and by repenting from our ways and turning to Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we will be saved and will have eternal life. This is the guarantee and the good news of the gospel, for it has the power to save (Romans 1:16).