Of First Importance
Topic: Easter Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:1–15:11
Of First Importance
1 Corinthians 15:1–15:11
April 16, 2017
Pastor David Lovi
He is Risen!
He is Risen Indeed!
Praise the Lord!
Directly after WWII, Germany was a pile of rubble. Can you imagine the job that the chancellor of Germany had to do . . . the one who came after Adolf Hitler? The kinds of things he had to deal with in trying to bring reconciliation, peace, and reconstruction to Germany.
The man who came after Hitler was a man named Konrad Adenauer. He was a believer in Jesus. Just after he retired, he met with the Christian preacher, Billy Graham.
When he met with Billy Graham, he asked, “Mr. Graham, do you know what the most important thing in the world is?” Before Graham could answer, Konrad said, “I’ll tell you what it is. It is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Without the resurrection, I do not see the slightest hope for the world whatsoever.”
Today is the day for us to remember and celebrate the greatest event in the history of mankind—the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
That reality is the steadfast foundation of the Christian faith.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone,
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives! — Gloria and William J. Gaither
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind. — Alfred Ackley
This was the message of the apostles in the early church. They preached the crucified but now resurrected Christ. Even though that message caused them tremendous persecution. Even though the message of the crucifixion and burial and death and rising of Jesus caused so many of them to die horrible deaths themselves.
Even some of them being crucified just as He was, they continued to preach it. The reason why they preached it is because they saw Him. They were eyewitnesses of Him. They saw Him risen from the dead with their own eyes.
They talked about Jesus and His resurrection so much that in Acts 17: 18, the philosophers in Athens, Greece thought Paul was preaching to deities—one named “Jesus” and one named “His Resurrection.”
If you read Acts 17, you’ll see the resurrection was constantly on their lips . . . on Paul’s lips. He would preach it because it’s the most important thing in the whole world.
That’s how much Christ‘s resurrection was on the lips and in the hearts of those people.
That’s how much it should be on our lips and in our hearts. If you take away the resurrection, there is no Christianity and no hope.
But Christ is risen from the dead.
Today on this Resurrection Sunday, we’ll meditate on this stupendous amazing reality.