Was Jesus just a religious fanatic?April 21, 2019 Save Article
And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain…. you are yet in your sins. 1 Corinthians 15: 14, 17
It’s an unthinkable question: what if there had been no Easter?
What if Jesus Christ hadn’t risen from the dead? Our faith would be futile, death would have dominion, sin would be sovereign and the future would be fearful.
His death without His resurrection cannot save anybody. Our faith is worthless if He is still in the grave.
How do we know Jesus wasn’t just a religious fanatic, someone with a martyr complex who happened to get crucified? How do we know He is the Son of God and God incarnate? Romans 1:4 says He is “declared to be the Son of God with power…by the resurrection from the dead.” That’s saying, “How do we know God accepted His sacrifice at Calvary? The resurrection.”
The Bible says He was delivered for our offenses and raised again for our justification. No resurrection, no Savior. No Savior, no forgiveness. But Jesus went into the tomb and three days later walked out like a butterfly bursting from a cocoon. He is our risen Savior.
Celebrate the risen Savior! Read 1 Corinthians chapter 15 carefully. Ask the Lord to reveal to you all it means for your salvation.