“I want to ask you a question and I want you to be honest with me.” His desperation was tangible through the phone. “Do you really believe all this is real?” I had been counseling this man about Christ’s love for him. In one question, he stripped it all down to its essence. Have you asked yourself that question? Honestly?
You never thought you’d be alone
This far down the line
And I know what’s been on your mind
You’re afraid it’s all been wasted time
- The Eagles
It all comes down to one incident in history. Did the event that we so casually accept as Easter really happen? Because if it did not, then everything we have believed is wrong and we are utterly alone.
For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. -1 Cor. 15:16-19
If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” -1 Cor. 15:32
There is no halfway. Either the point of my existence is about Jesus Christ or it is about me. With His dying breath He proclaimed, “It is finished.” He paid for my sins in full. My eternal relationship with my creator has been sealed. Or has it? If we stop at Good Friday, that question looms heavy in the air. The question, “Do you really believe all this is real?” can only be answered in the quiet dawn of the following Sunday. Because on that morning the rising sun revealed the risen Son.
In 1 Cor. 15:3-8, Paul gives a list of witnesses to the resurrection. They touched Him. They walked with Him. They spoke with Him. He wasn’t an apparition, a mist or a ghost. He was alive and He was real. The power in His death was revealed by the power of His resurrection. It truly is finished.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 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 Cor. 15:20-22
In Christ shall all be made ALIVE! That’s you and that’s me. He is real, we are not alone, and we have the assurance of eternity in His presence. Just try to keep me from celebrating Easter!