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Jesus claimed to be the Christ, the Son of God, but people didn't scoff at him. They didn't all accept his claims of deity but Jesus teachings and miracles were SO powerful that the people were asking, who Is this? Is he Elijah? Is he Moses? Is he a special prophet? Is he the Christ, the Savior? They were unsure (partly due to the religious' leader's animosity) but when Jesus claimed to be God, he demonstrated enough evidence that his claim wasn't contemptuous. The final demonstration was his victory over death, and the evidence of the empty tomb was enough to convince thousands in Jerusalem (Acts 2,4). The Resurrection is one of the events that sets Christianity apart from religions of the world; 1 Corinthians 15, the Resurrection chapter, shows several ramifications for Christianity.

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The Resurrection authenticates Jesus' claims (vs. 1-11). Paul, in writing to the church in Corinth (many of whom had never been to Jerusalem), challenged those who doubted to verify Christ's resurrection by the crowd of over 500 people who Jesus appeared to after his death. The

Resurrection sets the WAY of Christ apart from any religious system: Buddha died. Mohammed died. Joseph Smith died. Confucius died. All these religious leaders stayed that way — they were no different than any other human, despite their religious practice. Jesus Christ allowed his life to be taken — sacrificially — but displayed the very hope he offers in conquering death. He is the only One to come back from death and give us hope.

The Resurrection affirms life after death (vs. 12-16). Some of the Corinthians were dubious of an afterlife, just like some today. Paul points out that the resurrection of Christ obviously evidences the reality of life after death; there is no uncertainty.

The Resurrection averts sin's punishment (vs. 17,18). The ESV Study Bible comments, " The proof that Christ's death was an effective substitutionary sacrifice for sins (vs. 3) lies in Jesus' resurrection from the dead. If in fact Christ has not been raised, then his death did not pay for sin, and there is no hope of life with God in Heaven." Only a spiritual belief with a resurrection could offer the hope of life with God.

The Resurrection attests that death is conquered (vs. 24-28). Christ defeated the enemy we had no hope of prevailing against.

The Resurrection aspires to a higher purpose and allows right living (vs. 32-34). In Christ, we are allowed to live toward purpose greater than ourselves; Paul describes this enablement as 'being awakened to righteousness.' Without Christ as the Lord of our lives, we have no righteousness pleasing to God, but a living Savior can permeate our lives and transform his people from the inside as he moves in our hearts.

Because of the Resurrection, our Savior lives and offers his life to those who believe on his work on the Cross for sin and his victory over death; what a great privilege to allow him to share his life with us.

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