1 Corinthians 15:12–19 (ESV) 12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
1 Corinthians 15:14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain (empty, useless) and your faith is in vain (empty, useless).
All the weight of our Christian faith rests not on the forgiveness of Sins but on the resurrection…
It is in the resurrection that God graciously moved past our greatest faults-brokenness-sin to address our deepest need… life!
G.K. Chesterton said… “Chritianity has died many times and risen again, for it has a God who knew His way out of the Grave.”
The fact that God knew his way out of a grave brings hope for us who understand and have experienced…
1. Social brokenness… Demon possessed man “… Mark 5:18 As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. 19 And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.
2. Sexual brokenness … The woman at the well… John 4:7–42 (ESV) 16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”
25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he
28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”
42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
3. Emotional brokenness … God will wipe the tears from our eyes… Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
4. Physical brokenness … Jesus sends out the seventy two disciples. “Heal the sick and say to them, The Kingdom of God has come near to you” Luke 10:9
5. Spiritual brokenness … “Power through his Spirit in your inner being.”Ephesians 3:14-19
6. Mental brokenness … “be transformed by the renewal of your mind” Romans 12:2
7. Volitional brokenness … “may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” Matthew 6:10
8. Familial brokenness… “but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons who cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15-16
There is no level of brokenness that falls outside the healing scope of Christ’s resurrection. He took all of it to the grave in order to replace it with hope in something more when he rose again. The hope of the resurrection is God’s comprehensive answer to the problem of the death, brokenness, suffering and emptiness caused by sin. Though the inevitable reality of the grave may seem to be a place of unknown nothingness for some… for us who follow Christ we see it as a place of hope and life. Just as we see the death of death in the death of Christ we see the life of life in the resurrection of Christ.
Lazarus sister Martha…
John 11:23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” (ESV)
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” 14:6
If you are looking for life, its meaning and its purpose… look no further than the God who knew his way out of a grave. For It is in the resurrection that God graciously moved past our greatest faults-brokenness-sin to address our deepest need… life!