“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished” (1 Corinthians 15:17-18).
How important is this? It is the backbone of the hope we have been given. Jesus was not just some good guy that taught us some good things. If He is not God in the flesh, if He did not rise from the dead, then there is no hope. It is not about being good, but about becoming children of God. Live then in the hope you have been given through the resurrection; Christ has been raised!
Lord, so many things are said that confuse and confound. Lead me through these things to see that my hope is eternal because of what You have done. Guide me in the truth of Your salvation that I may know and not just hope in my mind the truth of the resurrection. Guide me, Lord, in the way of everlasting life that I may now and always abide in You as You abide in me.
Lord Jesus. Lord of the living and the dead, lead me in the upward path of faith that I may now and always abide humbly with You, following where You lead. Guide me in Your goodness to see through the haze of this world’s tirades to live out the faith You have given me. Guide me now and always in the hope of the resurrection that because You live, I too shall live. Amen.