The Significance of Jesus’ Resurrection

The resurrection of Jesus is the sustaining, stabilizing, supporting block that holds all of Christianity together. If you take out, if you deny the resurrection of Jesus, all of Christianity comes crashing down. Some in the Corinthian church were actually arguing that there was no such thing as the resurrection from the dead. So beginning in chapter 15, Paul testifies to the surety, validity and truthfulness of the resurrection. In verses 1-11 which we look at last week, he puts forth evidence and eye witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus. And now, in our text this morning, he begins to refute those who deny the resurrection. After all, if Jesus is not resurrected, what are they believers in? Paul shows them the absurdity of their position and the splendor and glory of the truth.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are the implications for us individually and for the church, if Jesus was not bodily resurrected from the dead?
  2. If someone asked you, ‘Why does the resurrection of Jesus matter? Isn’t it enough to believe in the life of Jesus?’, what would you say?
  3. What does the resurrection of Jesus secure for those who believe and trust in Christ?
  4. In what ways does the resurrection of Jesus fuel our hope, provide us with joy and strengthen us in our weakness?