You know the feeling. Someone asks you do something. So out of the kindness of your heart, you spend hours on it. And then you get “the call.” They don’t need your help after all! You feel as if all your work has been IN VAIN! Now, let’s consider the amazing words and deeds of Jesus. Did His death render “null and void” all His accomplishments? After all, He died on a cross as a crucified criminal. But, here’s what changes everything: He didn’t stay dead! The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is God’s stamp of approval that He was, indeed, God in the flesh! Without the Resurrection, Jesus of Nazareth would be considered merely a blip on the radar of history, an odd character shrouded in mystery. Although accomplishing many miracles and acts of kindness, if He does not rise from the dead (as He promised), His life is just a passing breeze. No Resurrection also completely changes our lives. Without the risen Son of God, our lives are also in vain. Let the Apostle Paul explain: “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins…If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men” (1 Cor. 15:17, 19). Without the Resurrection of Jesus, our desires to be good, our acts of love, and our deeds of service all add up to zero! Our faith is futile…empty and meaningless. Worst of all, without the Resurrection we have no future or hope. If Christ did not rise from the dead, we do not rise either. As a pastor, I have preached at about 100 funerals. All my words of comfort and promises of heaven for Christians have been a cruel hoax…if Jesus is still in the grave.
“But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead…” 1 Cor. 15:20a
The grave could not keep Him and death could not hold Him! As a follower of Jesus, you do not live in vain. Every day has purpose. You are serving the Lord. As a follower of Jesus, you do not die in vain. “To live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). His Resurrection assures your resurrection, and His future assures your future. Let us worship God and stand in awe before the greatest act in human history…the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Pastor Mark Boucher