“Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?” 1 Corinthians 15:12
“Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King!” Without a doubt this is one of my favorite Christmas carols, but what if it wasn’t true? What if the virgin birth was just a myth? What if Jesus didn’t save His people from their sins? What if Jesus wasn’t raised from the dead?
Like many of us, the Christians in Corinth asked many of the same age old “what if” questions. Some of them believed Jesus was born of a virgin, that He saved them from their sins and was raised from the dead, but they didn’t believe they too would be raised from the dead, and this doubt robbed them of the joy of the Lord. Seeing they had lost their joy, Paul wrote to them in 1 Corinthians 15:20, “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”
This must have brought great joy to all of those burdened with various “what if” questions. Like we learned last week, the gospel is the good news that Jesus was born according to the scriptures, died according to the scriptures and was raised from the dead on the third day according to the scriptures. But that isn’t the end of the gospel story. Jesus’ death and resurrection set forth the precedent that all those who trust in Jesus will also be resurrected according to the scriptures. When the truth of that hits us, we won’t be able to hold back singing “Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King!”
Do you know anyone that is burdened by various age old “what if” questions? If so, please invite them to church on Sunday so they can hear the good news that Jesus was “Born to Die and to Rise” (1 Corinthians 15:12-34) so that we might experience His resurrected life.
God bless you all and hope to see you on Sunday!