Is Jesus alive right now?

Jesus had better be alive right now because “he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies,” Romans 8:11. God raising Christ is the proof he’ll raise us. It’s also vital that Jesus is alive because HE’s the one who resurrects us, John 5:21, “For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.” Jesus being alive is both the proof and the source of our being raised from the dead.

And if he ISN’T alive? Well, Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:17, “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins,” and in verses 14, 15 and 19, “our preaching is useless,” we’re “false witnesses about God” for saying he “raised Christ from the dead,” and “we are to be pitied more than all men,” because we put all our hope and trust in Christ for nothing.

It’s critical to both our credibility and belief, therefore, that Christ is alive, but how do we prove he’s alive? Well, Paul continues, it’s easy to prove that God “did NOT raise Jesus,” verse 15 – the proof being? “IF IN FACT THE DEAD ARE NOT RAISED,” verse 15. We’ve got no evidence at all that Jesus was raised from the dead if people aren’t being raised from the dead, “For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either,” verse 16.

So where’s the evidence that dead people are being raised?

Look no further than our own experience, Paul says, because “you were dead,” Ephesians 2:1. Remember what our lives were like before we became Christians? Our lives were utterly useless – we simply “followed the ways of this world” and the “spirit” that ruled the culture, verse 2, merely “gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts,” verse 3. We were dead fish floating downstream with all the other dead fish, living for ourselves in a useless, dead existence, and at death we disappeared, as though we’d never existed at all.

“But,” verse 4, “because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive in Christ even when we were dead in transgressions.” God raised us up out of that dead existence to a life of “good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” There’s our proof that God is raising people from the dead: He’s raising human beings from a dead existence to a completely new life. And it also proves Jesus is alive too, because it’s only being “alive in Christ” that made it possible.

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