Of course, we all know that Easter is this Sunday. I have said it many times, and I say it again, this is the greatest day in Christianity, as well as human history. This is the gospel.
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,
Lee Strobel, in THE CASE FOR CHRIST, said “Every single shred of evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is also evidence for my eventual resurrection.”
Hank Hanegraaff said, “You see, without resurrection there is no hope. Indeed, without the resurrection, there is no Christianity.
1 Cor 15:1-4
5 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
Paul begins by exhorting his readers. He exhorts them, and us, that there is a message that must be proclaimed. It is our responsibility to proclaim the message of the resurrection.
We also see that it is a message to be received. He says in verse 1, “which also you received.”
In THE TRIAL OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST,
Jeffrey L. Pombert quotes Corrie ten Boom
“When I was 5 years old, I learned to read; I loved stories, particularly those about Jesus. He was a member of the ten Boom family, it was just as easy to talk to Him as it was to carry on a conversation with my mother and father, my aunts, or my brother and sisters. He was there.
One day my mother was watching me play house. In my little girl world of fantasy, she saw that I was pretending to call on a neighbor. I knocked on the make-believe door and waited…no one answered.
‘Corrie, I know Someone who is standing at your door and knocking right now.’ Was she playing a game with me? I know now that there was a preparation within my childish heart for that moment; the Holy Spirit makes us ready for acceptance of Jesus Christ, of turning our life over to Him. ‘Jesus said that He is standing at the door, and if you invite Him in He will come into your heart,’ my mother continued. ‘Would you like to invite Jesus in?’
At that moment my mother was the most beautiful person in the whole world to me.
‘Yes, Mama, I want Jesus in my heart.’ So she took my little hand in hers and we prayed together. It was so simple, and yet Jesus Christ says that we all must come as children, no matter what our age, social standing, or intellectual background.”
He also says, “by which you were saved.” It is this message that is proclaimed, that when received, brings salvation.
Paul proclaims the resurrection.
1 Cor 15:3-4
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
Christ’s death was absolutely necessary. Paul tells us this in Romans when he says, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
It is our sin that made it necessary for Christ to sacrifice Himself on the Cross of Calvary.
Friends, Jesus died on the Cross so that we would have a way of salvation. Those of us who have accepted Christ as our Savior have a responsibility to proclaim the gospel to others. This is not rocket science. This is not an intellectual thing. This is a life altering, eternity changing decision that all men must make. There is no “good life”, no “moral life, no set of rules or works that can bring salvation. There is only one way for salvation, and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior. We must admit that we are sinners, believe that He died on the cross for our sins, and confess Him as Lord of our lives.
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
I thank God that He loved me enough to send His Son to pay the price I could not pay, to pay the debt He did not owe, and do for me what I could not do for myself.