“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead… For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
1 Corinthians 15:20-22
After Paul reflects on the despairing alternative to eternal hope, he reminds the Corinthians of the truth. This “what if” alternate reality doesn’t exist. Its only use is to emphasize the reality we’re in.
Like how a Christian worldview becomes invalid if the gospel isn’t true, the reverse also stands. Any way of seeing the world that ignores the gospel becomes incomplete and misinformed if it is true.
The fact that Jesus has risen means…
- He is God. He deserves to be at the center of our lives instead of ourselves.
- He deserves to be taken seriously so scripture deserves to be taken seriously.
- The trust we have in Jesus has more significance than trust we have in anyone else.
- He’s forgiven us and has saved us from the aftermath of our sin.
- Death leads us to God’s eternal presence if we live in his presence now.
“And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
2 Corinthians 5:15
The resurrection means we have something new to live for. There’s something worth devoting ourselves to. There’s a new motivation for living. We have something to hope in. Death has died. The “already but not yet” is in process. There is a reason to look ahead, because our destiny is sealed in the risen Jesus.
When something gets in the way of this reality, whether it’s anxiety or a misled mindset, I have to remind myself of how the gospel applies personally. If I’m going to see things clearly and respond the way I should, I have to build everything on this all-encompassing truth.
In the mundaneness of signing up for this semester, I can say something to myself like, “I’m not getting all the classes I want, but Christ has risen…” Even though it doesn’t sound like a relevant response, it’s a reminder that I’m not living for an accomplishment, or a major, or a career, or a feeling, or to get ahead of anyone else. I’m supposed to be living for the One who died for me.
“This project I’m working on isn’t going the way I wanted, but Christ has risen…” None of us are made to just be artists, writers, students, etc. We shouldn’t stress out so much on an identity we’re trying to maintain. We’re the beloved first before we’re anything else. As the most important thing is raised up, all other things are lowered.
“Nothing in life is making sense, but Christ has risen…” What happens to us usually doesn’t have an obvious purpose. When we examine our lives, confusion tends to be a default response, but God doesn’t hide himself from us. He’s revealed his will for us and the rest of creation in the resurrection.
Since Jesus rose again, we can be confident he will also keep his promise of returning again. This is the final consequence of the empty tomb. Even though this world is fallen, he will come back one day to restore it. This is the future we have worth looking towards, because he is the Savior worth following.