If Christ is not raised, we would not enjoy our own resurrection, as Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15:12-13 – “12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.”
The historical fact is this: Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead. He is living right now – not just as a Savior, but a Risen Savior.
This historical fact was not widely accepted in the years after it happened. Now, some in Corinth questioned the humanity of Jesus. And this is important, because if Jesus wasn’t human, he couldn’t rise from the dead. Yet, Jesus demonstrated Himself as human over and over again (e.g., hunger, thirst, weariness, bleeding, sleeping). Peter called Jesus a Man (Acts 2:22-23, 31-32); so, did Paul (Romans 1:1-4); so did John (II John 7; Revelation 1:17-18). So, Jesus was human, He did die, and He did raise from the dead.
So, the resurrection was historical. It happened. There were over 500 witnesses testifying of Jesus’ resurrection (I Corinthians 15:1-11).
And if Christ didn’t rise, we won’t rise. Jesus resurrection happened, and our resurrection will also happen. In fact, our resurrection is taught even before Jesus’ resurrection occurred. Our resurrection is taught in both the O.T. and N.T.
Job, who needed to be hopeful following his personal losses, said, “25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. 26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God” (Job 19:25-26).
David, the song writer of the Bible, said, “As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness” (Psalm 17:15).
Daniel, who was privy to all kinds of prophecy, was told, “2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:2-3).
The Apostle John, who is the Daniel of the N.T., tells us in his Gospel – “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44).
Martha, Lazarus’ sister, was comforted by Jesus about his resurrection from the dead, but before that happened, she found comfort in his final resurrection – “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day” (John 11:25).
Well, if the resurrection of Christ didn’t happen, none of those verses in the Bible would be exist. If His resurrection didn’t occur, nor would ours. These two facts are inextricably linked together.