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1 Corinthians 15:12-19

12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

Suppose there is no resurrection! If Christ did not resurrect from the dead what would have befallen humanity?

📍The belief that Jesus did not resurrect from the dead, and the belief that total annihilation is the final destiny of man generates despair and hopelessness (verse 19).

📍To help us appreciate Christ´s victory over the grave, let us consider what the outcome of life and death would be without the resurrection.

✍️First of all, Jesus would still be dead like the founders of religions in the world. That means our faith in Him would be worthless and our message to the world would be a lie.

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✍️What more? Jesus, Himself would be proved a liar and insane since He claimed that He would rise from the dead.

✍️There would be no forgiveness of our sins, no possibility of reconciliation with God.

✍️There would be no hope of eternity life, no hope for mankind. All deceased believers throughout history would have perished.

✍️Without the resurrection, there would be nothing positive for anyone to look forward to. Everybody´s destiny after death would be hell or total annihilation.

📍Christians, as children of God, are privileged people. We are highly favored by God Christ’s resurrection, which is evidenced in our lives, is a guarantee that we have a secure destiny in Christ.

📍There is no hopelessness for all those in Christ because the grave could not withhold Him. Since He resurrected, and since He is alive today, we too will resurrect into glory. Hallelujah! Christians, rejoice because God has a divinely secured plan for you.

Shalom and Maranatha!

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