We love our heroes. Men and women who have had the courage of
their convictions to take a stand. Often, we associate our heroes with
self-sacrifice, i.e., the giving of their lives for a cause greater than
themselves. Think about 9/11 first
responders, military heroes, or even a mother who covers her child just before
an accident. All of these paid the ultimate price to save lives. Even Jesus did this on the most epic scale
possible, but He’s not a hero (He’s much more than that!)
1 Corinthians 15:14 - And if Christ has not been
raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
Things to think about:
· Who is a hero
in your life?
Do you know someone personally that you consider a hero?
Is their a family member you never met whose story of courage
Maybe there is a figure from history you admire for their heroism
· Yet, none of
these rose from the dead!
· Jesus did lay
down His life for you and me and an entire world of sinners
Romans 5:8 - While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us
· Unlike all of
our other heroes, dying alone wasn’t enough
His resurrection was a well-documented fact
§ 1 Cor 15:6 –
after that He appeared to more than 500 of the brothers and sisters…
1 Cor. 15:14 - And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is
useless and so is your faith
o That’s a
pretty strong statement, why do you think Paul says this?
o There was a false teaching at the time
that there is no resurrection of the dead, including Jesus
§ 1 Cor 15: 16-17 – and 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.
death and resurrection were for more than our life in the here and now
o 1 Cor 15:19 – if only for this life we
have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied
§ This puts a pretty big hole in the prosperity
o Why should we be most pitied if our hope
is only for this life?
too will be resurrected
o 1 Cor 15:42-44 - So will it be with
the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is
raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in
glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a
natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
o This is our eternal hope
§ 1 Cor 15: 54 - When the perishable has
been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the
saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in
§ 1 Cor 15:56-57 - the sting of death is
sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He
gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
should our response be?
o 1 Cor 15: 58 - Therefore, my dear brothers
and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to
the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not
o And isn’t that what we admire about our
§ Stand firm, let nothing move you
§ Give yourselves fully to the work
§ Your labor is not in vain
is much more than a hero
o He died for your sins
o He was raised from the dead
o He will reign for eternity