What if it never happened? What if Jesus didn’t rise from the grave?
Jesus was crucified on Friday. His body was taken down and placed in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. Then, just an hour or two after Jesus was buried, the Sabbath began and nothing could be done on the Sabbath.
So, throughout the Sabbath, everyone assumed Jesus was dead. The disciples probably wondered what their next move should be. They may have wondered if they would face persecution or, if they would just go back to their old lives. They didn’t know what the next step would be.
Let’s imagine that Jesus never rose. Let’s imagine that He is buried somewhere in Israel. How would that change history?
Obviously, the first thing it would change is man would have no hope for salvation. If Jesus doesn’t rise from the grave, death wins. And that means everyone is going to die and that’s it. There is no hope beyond the grave. Not a pleasant thought, is it?
In addition to that, none of the missionary work done by Christians would have happened. There would be no Christian hospitals. There would be no Christian schools. There would be no Christian ministries to help homeless people or battered men or women. Again, not a pleasant thought.
There would be no deity for man to call on for help. When man was facing a tough situation… loss of a job… marital problems… health issues… there would be no deity to call on. The only solution would be what man could in his own strength, could do.
The list could go on, but you get the idea. Now, some will say, “Well, there have been some things the Christian church has done” and they are right. The Christian church… Christians… Ministers…. are unfortunately, not without blemish. I’ve been hurt by Christians and very possibly, you have as well. But, I’m not going to go into all that here but yes, the church has at times, hurt people. But do you focus on the bad and neglect the good? I don’t think so. If Jesus hadn’t risen, I think the good the Christian church has done for out-weighs the bad.
Today, on this Saturday before we remember the resurrection, let’s be thankful that Jesus did rise and give thanks for all the good that’s be done in the name of Jesus Christ!