I used to collect comic books. One of the particular series that I liked was the “What If…” series. What If…Daredevil Killed the Kingpin? What If…the Fantastic Four All Had the Same Power? What If…Kraven the Hunter Had Killed Spider-man? This past Sunday evening I had the opportunity to preach. I recycled an Easter sermon from last year: What If…Jesus Was Not Resurrected. The text is from 1 Corinthians 15:12-20. Here are the points and sub-points:
I. What If…Christ is Not Resurrected?
- Christian preaching (proclamation) is in vain
- The faith of Christians is in vain
- The writers of the New Testament cannot be trusted; they are false witnesses and guilty of misrepresenting God.
- Christians, believing they are forgiven, are in fact still in their sins
- Those that have died have no hope (there is no hope of an after-life)
- Christians are people to be most pitied
II. What If…Christ is Resurrected?
- Christian preaching is NOT in vain
- The faith of Christians is NOT in vain
- The writers of the NT are reliable (at least this goes a long way in proving that)
- The sins of believers has indeed been removed; we have newness of life
- We do have hope of an after-life
- Rather than being pitied believers have hope and meaning in their lives
The resurrection is vital to our faith. It is worth noting that what is being addressed in Corinth is not a denial of the resurrection of Jesus but resurrection altogether. Even so, to deny the resurrection is to deny the Christian faith.