For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
— 1 Cor 15:3–4 —
R. N. | Middle East
“Warning! Danger Ahead!” Have you ever seen a sign like this? It means that we should pay attention, proceed cautiously, and keep away from any dangerous areas. God also warns of danger ahead—much greater than that of a treacherous road—for sinners who do not heed the gospel message. Man is unable to rid himself of the sin and guilt that creates hostility and separation between holy God and sinful man. The resurrection demonstrates the victory of the Savior and the salvation He accomplished. The Scriptures—both the witness of the Old Testament and the message of the New Testament—tell us about this gospel. This is what Paul writes of in the opening verses of 1 Corinthians 15. According to him, it is a message of first importance, and this includes the often-overlooked resurrection of Christ. The resurrection of Christ is central to the Christian faith and a major way that Christ glorified Himself. The resurrection demonstrates the victory of the Savior and the salvation He accomplished. This gospel is the only way God prepared for sinners to be saved. Jesus Christ came to this earth to pay the price for sin. But the story of salvation does not end with Christ’s death. The resurrection proves His victory over sin and death. The grave was unable to hold Christ. He was resurrected back to life, having completed the work of salvation. The resurrection of Christ holds a promise for the resurrection of others also. There are many who need to hear this message of the crucified and resurrected Savior. Are you delivering this most important message to others? Have you believed in it yourself?