“Now if Christ be preached that He rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ: whom He raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: and if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 (KJV)
There are those who do not believe that life comes from death. Think about this… A farmer plants an old dried seed in the ground, and a few weeks, or months later a stalk comes forth out of the ground, and produces a harvest of corn or wheat or barley… Life does come from death.
So how is it we can have such a hard time believing that God could raise His own dead, buried Son from death? We live because the holy, Righteous, Son of God shed His blood on the cross of Calvary, was buried, and arose bodily from the grave. He is alive forevermore.
God created human beings eternal beings. The death of the body is a result of sin; transgression of God’s laws. Yet, though the body dies the eternal being lives on, somewhere. Hell’s fire is what we deserve. However, God in His Holy, Righteous, Justice and Love sent His Son to die for our sins; taking the wrath that was mine and yours to bear; and bore it for us on His cross. The bodily resurrection of Jesus is evidence of the truth of the words Jesus spoke while He lived and dwelt among us. Trusting Jesus and His finished work on the cross is the only means of salvation.
Believe Him and live.
-Tim A. Blankenship