“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,” 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Around Easter a few years ago, I read an article questioning the resurrection of Christ. The writer could not believe in the literal, physical resurrection and instead chose to believe in a symbolic resurrection. Could that be true? Consider this quote from John MacArthur –
“The resurrection is the pivot on which all of Christianity turns and without which none of the other truths would much matter. Without the resurrection, Christianity would be so much wishful thinking, taking its place alongside all other human philosophy and religious speculation.”John MacArthur
Paul was convinced that Christ was indeed resurrected and so he reminds the Corinthian church that the news of Jesus’ resurrection was “of first importance.” It was then and is now the tipping point of our faith. As we will read and consider this week, it was a literal, physical resurrection.