For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.
—1 Corinthians 15:16-23
by: Gabrielle Osborn.
There’s an old camp song called “Old Time Religion” that ends by saying “give me that Old Time Religion, it’ll take us all to heaven.” While the message of this song is not necessarily bad, it is missing a key aspect: Jesus. Without the truth that Jesus died for our sins and was raised back to life, our faith means nothing. If this was not true, we would still be dead in our sins. However, we have hope and faith knowing that Jesus did die on our behalf and was raised to life again. So, even though we will all fall short of God’s glory and live in sin on earth, we can rest in the fact that we will be raised with Christ when He finally calls us home.