But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
(1 Corinthians 15:13-14)
The resurrection of Christ is a finished work. Since Christ was raised from the dead, death no longer has power over Him. But Christians die! Every day the bodies of Christian men and women are taken to the cemetery and laid to rest with Songs and Scripture. We may try to avoid the facts, but Christians die just as Jesus died before them. Their cold helplessness, their sudden, strange silence, which no pleadings of anguished love can break; their apparent defeat by the relentless force of nature– all this stuns the heart and brings fear that this is all, and we have seen our loved ones or friends for the last time. The resurrection certainly teaches us that we cannot trust appearances. The body of Jesus in the tomb appears to mean the of everything for Christ and His disciples. The limp form of a newly-dead Christian suggests defeat. Yet how wrong are these appearances! Christ arose the third day according to the scriptures. Faith accepts the appearance of defeat, knowing the true Christian cannot be defeated finally. “Because I live, you also will live!” That is the blessed easter message. What a blessed message if people would only believe.