And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
1 Corinthians 15:14
1 Corinthians 15:1-5
When we look at the two sides of a coin, the two halves of a pair of scissors, or the two wings on a bird, it seems they are of equal value—that neither side nor half is more important than the other. We might look at the death and resurrection of Christ in a similar way—but we would be slightly wrong.
In 1 Corinthians 15 the apostle Paul does not say that without the death of Christ our preaching and faith are empty (verse 14). Nor does He say that without the death of Christ our faith is futile and we are still in our sins (verse 17). Instead, he says that without the resurrection of Christ all those things are true. It is a fine shade of difference, to be sure—but important. The death of Christ satisfied God’s wrath against sin and paid the penalty for which only death would suffice. But in order to prove that the penalty of sin had been paid once and for all, death—the consequence of sin—had to be defeated. If Christ had not defeated death by rising from the dead, we would still be in our sins.
Give thanks to God today for the death of Christ—and especially for the resurrection of Christ and eternal life ensured by the empty tomb.
The resurrection is the proof of our reconciliation.
Geoffrey B. Wilson
1 Kings 10–12