What If There Was No Resurrection Of Christ?
In the 15th chapter of I Corinthians, Paul gives six logical consequences of not having a resurrected Christ.
1. If there was no resurrection, then Christ did not rise (13). The most obvious consequence of no resurrection would be that Jesus Christ did not rise from the grave, because dead men do not come back alive.
2. If there was no resurrection, then the apostles' preaching was vain (14). Without the resurrection of Christ the apostles’ preaching of the gospel would be vain and void of all truth, reality, and power.
3. If there was no resurrection, then the apostles are false witnesses of God (15). Without the resurrection the apostles would be liars, deliberately preaching falsehood- testifying that they saw Christ when they really didn't and purposefully misleading others.
4. If there was no resurrection, then our faith is worthless (16,17).
Just as no resurrection would make preaching Christ meaningless, it would also make anyone's faith in Him vain, empty, or fruitless.
5. If there was no resurrection, then there is no future hope (18). Without the resurrection the sting of death cuts us off permanently from God, and we will never be with our loved ones in heaven.
6. Finally, if there is no resurrection, then Christians are to be pitied (19). Without the resurrection, Christians’ sacrifices, hardships, and sufferings would be cruel, self-inflicted jokes. And Christians would be the biggest fools of all time.
Paul tells us that if there was no resurrection, then our faith is empty, worthless, and hopeless. But what would the world look like without the resurrected Christ?
1. The evangelical church would have never begun and thousands of lives would not have been transformed.
2. Many major university (Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth to name a few) would not exist, because they were founded as theological
seminaries to train ministers and to evangelize the eastern seaboard.
3. Many of the major hospitals would not exist because they were founded by followers of the resurrected Christ to care for the hurting.
4. Thousands of people would not have received medical or dental care, because Christian nurses, doctors and dentist would not have venture out into their tribes and villages.
5. Thousands of children would be hungry or die, because groups like World Vision and Compassion International were founded by followers of the resurrected Christ.
6. Many adoptions agency or orphanages would not exist, because they were started by followers of the resurrected Christ.
7. Alcoholic Anonymous and Teen Challenge would not exist to help people with addiction, because the founders were followers of the risen Christ.
8. Thousands of artwork (painting, sculptures, and music) would not exist, because they were inspired by the resurrected Christ.
9. Many soup kitchens and rescue missions would not exist, because they were founded by people who are followers of the resurrected Christ.
10. Children all over the world would not received gift boxes through Samaritan Purse, because it’s founder is a follower of Christ.
11. Thousands of families would not have a home, because followers of the resurrected Christ would not be there to build them one.
12. No real joy at Christmas or Easter, because these holidays hinge not just on the birth and death of Jesus Christ, but His resurrection.
That is just the tip of the iceberg of what our world would look like with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Historian Ken Latourette says, "Thru Jesus movements have been set in motion which have made in society for what mankind believes to be its best- in the transformation of human lives, in political order, in the production and distribution of goods to meet physical needs of men, in healing physical ills, in the relations between races and between nations, in the art, and in the achievement of the human intellect.”
Think about what your life would be like without the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Now go out and make the world a better place, because the resurrected Christ has touched your life.
-Pastor Mike Kotrla