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If Easter is a lie

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — A fellow airline passenger asked me, “What if Easter isn’t true? What if Jesus was a good man who died — but that’s it?”

“Well,” I replied, “that means you and I, if we’re fortunate, will live 70-plus years and then it’s over. Without the Resurrection, Jesus is not the Redeemer He claimed to be and there’s no hope for the world. But because Easter is true, you have the opportunity to live forever.”

That led to a lengthy discussion and a prayer that Jesus would reveal himself to this stranger.

The apostle Paul answered a similar question to the one asked by this man in 1 Corinthians 15:13-22 (NIV): “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. … 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 to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead. … For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”

If Easter is a lie, our faith is futile. But if we believe in the accuracy of Paul’s testimony in 1 Corinthians 15:2-7, we have an obligation to tell everyone about the truth of the Resurrection and the promise of eternal life. Paul said, “By this gospel you are saved … that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time. … Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me.”

May we renew our commitment this Easter to share the truth of the Resurrection with our family and friends and with strangers the Holy Spirit places in our path.

— Hal Donaldson

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