Here we are. The day between Good Friday and Easter.
Yesterday, we might have attended a Good Friday service and meditated on Jesus’ sacrifice. Tomorrow, we will celebrate His resurrection. But for today, we forget the story of redemption in the bustle of life. It’s just another Saturday.
But what if Easter never happened? What if the story ended at Good Friday?
What would we do then?
Without the resurrection, Good Friday would simply be another Memorial Day. A time to place flowers on a grave and remember times gone by.
But more than that, it would be a day of grieving.
Without the resurrection, we would still be in our sins. If Jesus remained dead, there is no hope for our souls.
The resurrection is God’s stamp of approval on Jesus’ sacrifice. By raising His Son from the dead, He demonstrated that He accepted the ransom for our souls.
The Apostle Paul explains this in 1 Corinthians:
…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. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 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.1 Corinthians 15:12-19
Paul keeps repeating himself for a reason because this is so important.
If there is no resurrection, no Easter, there is no hope of salvation.
Truly, “we are of all people most to be pitied.”
But the story doesn’t end on Good Friday, and praise God it doesn’t!
Easter morning dawns on an empty tomb.
The tomb isn’t empty because of grave robbers. It isn’t empty because the women went to the wrong place. It isn’t empty because Jesus never really died.
It’s empty because the once dead Jesus is alive forevermore!
Paul ends his discussion on the resurrection with these words:
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.1 Corinthians 15:20
When God raised Jesus from the grave, He showed He had accepted Jesus’ sacrifice.
With no resurrection, Christianity is just like every other religion.
Everyone can point to a dead prophet, but only we can point to a Risen Lord.