"But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep." I Corinthians 15:13-20
Here are a few of my favorite promises from the Bible:
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." I Corinthians 10:13
"I can do all this through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
"And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." I John 1:7-9
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him." I John 5:14-15
You probably love these promises, too! No doubt you have some of them memorized. And for a good reason - there is tremendous power in those promises!
But here is the point of this thought this morning, all of these promises are true and reliable for one reason - THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST!
He promised to rise again on the third day after His death and He did! Had He not kept that promise none of the others would be believable. The very power that raised Jesus from the dead is the power that fulfills His promises!
Easter is a promise kept that assures all the others will be too! He promised!