If He Did, But If He Didn’t
All of the Christian doctrine, understanding, and the truth of the gospel is upheld by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The Scriptures testify to this themselves; in 1 Corinthians 15 Paul writes this, “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain…if Christ has not been raised , your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” (v.14, 17) The Christian faith and the preaching of the gospel are worthless if Jesus is dead.
But, if he is alive, then all who hope “…in Christ shall all be made alive…[then] the last enemy to be destroyed is death…thanks be to God, who gives us the victory [over death] through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (v. 22, 26, 57) Our only hope is the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. If the resurrection of Jesus is true, then we must either come to him for life, or run from his judgement — but we mustn’t tarry.