A great, and full day of celebrating the Resurrection…actually here, it is a full week, “Semana Santa.”
But today is Monday…and the looming question, so what?
I taught out of 1 Corinthians 15 this Sunday, in my opinion, the best developed theology and explanation of the absolute necessity of the Resurrection of Jesus for our faith. But I like how practical Paul is, let me summarize his two main arguments that answer the so what…if there isn’t life after death…and the final…so what if there is!?
#1 – Hey, I have been really pummeled by this Christianity thing, even attacked by animals (if that’s what you want to call it 1 Cor. 15:30, 32). It the resurrection didn’t happen, then why do we go through all of this…why do we put ourselves in danger every day?
#2 – Hey, if there is no afterlife then LET’S PARTY!! Paul gives us the Greek philosophy that is the end of the conclusion when we doubt the literal – physical – resurrection of our new bodies. (1 Cor. 15:32) If the dead aren’t raised then eat and drink (live it up) for tomorrow we die.
#3 – If we really will be risen and have one short life to prepare for it…then I am going to live for God like there is no tomorrow.
That is the So What? of the resurrection of Jesus, our faith falls apart without it, it is necessary for all that we believe, and it is what our life is founded on. This is a literal, historical, witnessed event that has changed the course of human history.
Now how is it going to change the history of one particular human… mainly YOU?