“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you–unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.” 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
The heart of the Gospel is Jesus’ death for our sins and His resurrection unto life. A religion without the belief in Christ’s resurrection is a dead religion. Without Christ’s death, there is no payment for our sins. Without Christ’s resurrection, there is no eternal life for those who believe. But now Christ has indeed risen. And because He has risen we also shall live!
What does it take to receive forgiveness of sin and eternal life?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:28
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
“But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved…” Acts 15:11a
Happy Resurrection Day!
And remember: “It’s all about Jesus”!