A Blogged Bible Study entry for John 20:
Was Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead? If not, then why do you call yourself Christian? Your faith is only vain imaginings:
Now if Christ is being preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead?
But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty.
Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that He raised Christ from the dead, when in reality He did not raise Him, if indeed the dead are not raised.
For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised.
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins.
Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished.
For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.
~1 Corinthians 15:12-19
Do you doubt that Jesus was raised from the dead? Thomas doubted:
Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “Unless I see the wounds from the nails in His hands, and put my finger into the wounds from the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe it!”
Eight days later the disciples were again together in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and examine My hands. Extend your hand and put it into My side. Do not continue in your unbelief, but believe.”
Thomas replied to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to Him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are the people who have not seen and yet have believed.”
The resurrection is the pivotal point of faith in Jesus Christ. It is the very definition of faith:
What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. ~Hebrews 11:1
Do you have faith? Do you believe? This is the Gospel of Salvation — the faith that is NOT vain…
Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. ~1 Corinthians 15:1-6
Do you believe Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried and resurrected?
Do you believe the gospel that is able to save your soul?