The Foundation Of Our Faith

The reality of the historical, physical and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of our faith as Christians. Jesus’ resurrection is our great hope and promise of our own physical, bodily resurrection on the Last Day, when Christ will return and restore His creation to the perfection before mankind’s fall into sin. We have this guarantee now through our faith in Jesus, yet we wait to see its fulfillment in the world to come. St. Paul reminds us of the importance of the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:14, “if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” He then goes on to say in verse 20, “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead...”, for Paul himself was a living witness of Jesus’ resurrection and this is his personal testimony. In 1 Corinthians 15, St. Paul was speaking to the Christians of Corinth. Corinth was the most beautiful, modern and industrious of the Roman cities in AD 50. It was an international city strategically located as a major trade route between Europe and Asia. Because of this, the Christians in Corinth would have had a lot of outside influences and ideas that were contrary to the Christian faith. Some believed that the physical resurrection of the dead was impossible. Today there are similar voices that state the laws of physics or some other reason not to believe in the resurrection. These are actually old ideas, because Paul and the Corinthians dealt with these same voices 2,000 years ago. The reality is that the Creator of the laws of the universe can also defy them, as He did when He stepped out of the tomb on Easter Sunday. Paul wanted to remind the Christians in Corinth that no matter what the world may say about the Christian faith, it is all unfounded. The voices in opposition were not there to witness such things as Paul had been. Paul himself had the authority of being an apostle, seeing Jesus with his own eyes and touching him with his own hands as he was walking the road to Damascus. He wanted to reassure the Corinthians that their faith is neither in vain nor unfounded. To the contrary, their faith is as concrete as Jesus’ historical and physical resurrection which he himself had seen.  Jesus’ resurrection is our great promise and hope as Christians in a world that is fading away. It is the only answer to the problem that humanity faces in the reality of death and the grave. It is the one promise that you can stake your life on. It is a true reality that Jesus died and rose again, and because of this truth and your faith in Jesus, God will raise you up from the grave and give you an eternal physical body that will last forever. No matter what the world around you may say, Paul reminds us that Christ is risen and you live each day in the certainty of God’s promise. What a wonderful way to truly live LIFE in Christ.

“But your dead will live, Lord; their bodies will rise— let those who dwell in the dust wake up and shout for joy— your dew is like the dew of the morning;  the earth will give birth to her dead.” – Isaiah 26:19

Blessings,

Pastor Joel