The days in this world are growing darker, thanks to those who have no hope. There is no other “religious leader” in history besides Christ who was raised from the dead. No one else can claim that their leader and the founder of their faith is still alive except for true Christians, with hundreds of witnesses to back it up as truth. Nor can evolutionists or atheists offer any hope beyond this pitiful existence of a few years on Earth.
But the Apostle Paul doesn’t stop there. The affirmation in 1 Corinthians 15 is that Christ IS alive and there’s no doubt about it! That is the Good News of Scripture. If all that Christ did was to come and tell us to “be good,” or give alms, or perform some religious ritual, what would be the point? Yet those are the attributes of all religious systems, when it comes down to it.
No, Christ told us that our so-called “righteous deeds” were worthless in God’s sight. Why do we think we’re doing God a favor by being “good” or performing some outward religious ritual? Man might be impressed by that (like the trumpeting of the fact that the pope would be washing some feet this Holy Thursday) but God is not. He told us to perform our righteous acts in private, not for public show. We do not need to bow down in a certain direction for prayer. God is everywhere and hears our prayers regardless of what direction we face. It is all for OUTWARD show and has nothing to do with INNER holiness. Everyone knows what they are like on the INSIDE, and God certainly knows that too.
Shouldn’t we just be good for the sake of being good? The problem is, we’re NOT good. That is why we need a Savior, One who alone can guarantee our entrance into God’s Heaven.
No, Christ didn’t come just to preach pious platitudes, or tell us how wonderful we are, or to show us what rituals to perform. He came to humankind to show us how EVIL we are, so evil and full of hatred that we nailed Him to a cross. Satan thought he had won the victory at that point.
But God never fails to amaze us, and three days later Christ was walking the Earth again! When His disciples realized what had happened, they were so changed that they were willing to go out and be killed (not KILL, but BE killed by those who hate the one true God) for His name.
They will not be disappointed. Some day those of us who have trusted Christ and Christ alone for our salvation will stand in His presence, will know God face to face, and will dwell in His new Heaven and new Earth forever, enjoying all the new wonders that He will have created.
Then I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth, for the first Heaven and the first Earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”(Revelation 21:1-4)