1 Corinth. 15: “The Resurrected King is Resurrecting Me”

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One of the songs we introduced for Easter at Trinity this year is off the new Elevation Worship album, “Here as in Heaven.” The whole song is amazing, but when I heard it for the first time I was blown away by the bridge of the song:

By your spirit I will rise
From the ashes of defeat
The resurrected king
Is resurrecting me
In your name I come alive
To declare your victory
The resurrected king
Is resurrecting me

If you’ve ever hung around Trinity for any length of time, you’ll be challenged by the idea to live the resurrected life…NOW! We don’t need to wait to experience eternity! Eternity starts at the moment of salvation!

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul is communicating one of the most central truths of Christianity, the resurrection of Jesus. Every claim of Christianity has its roots in the resurrection. I love what theologian Dr. John Whale says:

“The Gospels don’t explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the Resurrection is not an appendage to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith.”

Paul knew the Corinthians were wavering due to other religious leaders around them making conflicting arguments.

Why is the Resurrection so Important?

Think about where the church would be without the Resurrection? I’ll make it easy for you, there wouldn’t be a church! Put yourself in the shoes of the disciples. Up until the point when Jesus died and was placed in an unused tomb, everything that was prophesied, and everything Jesus said would happened, happened; then there was Saturday. It’s no wonder the disciples were heading home. It’s no wonder why the ladies were heading to the tomb with spices. In both cases they were pretty certain that Jesus wasn’t going be Resurrected.

Here’s why the Resurrection is so important:

  1. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we know that the Kingdom of heaven has broken into earths story. The Resurrection shows that the world is now heading towards redemption; sin and death are defeated once and for all.
  2. Since death has been defeated we should have no fear of death, because we too will be raised with Christ.
  3. The apostles most important argument in the early church is that Jesus was raised from the dead.
  4. No matter what we experience in this world, the Resurrection gives us hope for the future.
  5. The Resurrections gives us the assurity that Jesus is alive and is interceding on our behalf to the Father.
  6. The same power that brought Jesus back from the dead is the same power available to us today.

Although within Christianity there are varying theologies, beliefs, lifestyles and even politics, the one constant and central belief is that Jesus Christ rose from the dead!

Jesus confirms what he said about himself in John 11:25, “I am the Resurrection and the Life”