Read: 1 Corinthians 15:12-22
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins . . . If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (vv. 17, 19)
Why reserve talk of resurrection for only one Sunday a year, when its gifts grace the landscape of the Christian’s faith and daily life so generously? Perhaps this truth is why Paul says resurrection undergirds everything he does or says, and how he lives.
If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, our faith is in vain, or worse, completely futile. In that case, our sin is still present before God, the veil granting access to God through Jesus is not torn, and we must pay the debt ourselves. Sadly, this is the impossible task that faces us if we cannot accept the sacrifice of Christ as payment for our sin. The impossibility of being righteous coupled with the reality that a holy God cannot look upon sin spells our doom, no matter how perfect we try to be. However, such a predicament is resolved by grace!
But self-made men and women remain conflicted. They must lay down their struggle to perform in order to receive grace, unmerited favor, something that can’t be earned—an everyday Easter for those who believe. —Amy Clemens
Prayer: Resurrected One, oh that every conflicted heart could see clearly what the simple can accept: you live again, and Easter colors every day of life in you. Not only here and now, but into eternity, where I will live on, forgiven and free from the burden of my sin.