If Christ Were Removed from Christmas by Ken Trivette

If Christ Were Removed from Christmas
Ken Trivette
Matthew 1:18-25
December 18, 2005

A) A Nutritive Book
B) A Curative Book
C) A Consultative Book
D) A Superlative Book
A) The Meaning of the Gospel
B) The Message of the Gospel
A) The Reality of the Virgin Birth
B) The Necessity of the Virgin Birth

1 Corinthians 15 is the great Resurrection chapter of the Bible. One of Paul's objectives in the chapter is the establishing of the necessity of the resurrection. He makes clear the necessity of the resurrection by showing what the consequences would be if there were no resurrection.

In verse 14 he states, "And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain." The word "vain" means "empty." It speaks of that which is meaningless. If the resurrection of Jesus Christ is not a fact, all preaching is meaningless. Every sermon that is preached is built upon lies and heresy.

He also states in verse 14 that "your faith is also vain." What is true about preaching would also be true about our faith. It as well is meaningless. Our faith rests upon the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You take these truths away and the pillars on which our faith rests are destroyed.

In verse 17 he states, "And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins." God forgiving our sins is based on Christ dying for our sins and being raised from the dead. If there is no resurrection, as with our preaching and faith, the basis is removed.

Paul even states that the resurrection of our loved ones and our own resurrection depends on Christ resurrection. We read in verses 18-19, "Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." When we buried my mother this past Friday I thought of the great promise of the resurrection of the body and how God's ...

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