You likely have run across some people in your life who tell you that they admire Christianity, but think that it is just a pleasant moral code that helps people to treat one another with kindness. When it comes to belief in the resurrection, however, they refuse to admit the possibility of supernatural power, specifically life after death. Are they right? Paul didn’t thinks so, as he clearly told us in today’s reading from first Corinthians.
Brothers and sisters:
If Christ is preached as raised from the dead,
how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead?
If there is no resurrection of the dead,
then neither has Christ been raised.
And if Christ has not been raised, then empty too is our preaching;
empty, too, your faith.
Then we are also false witnesses to God,
because we testified against God that he raised Christ,
whom he did not raise if in fact the dead are not raised.
For if the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised,
and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain;
you are still in your sins.
Can it be any clearer? Without the reality of the resurrection, our faith is nothing. We are justified only through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross and his subsequent resurrection. Don’t be fooled. Being a “good person” is not enough. Without the reality of the resurrection, reliance on being a “good person” is folly.
Our focus must be upon the sacrificial gift of Christ’s resurrection. Rely on Jesus. He died and rose from the dead for you.