When Nothing Means Everything

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Lee Strobel was the award winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and a self proclaimed skeptic when he sought to refute the claims of Christianity. But, just like C.S. Lewis experienced, Strobel’s investigation of Jesus Christ led him to conclude that the evidence is overwhelming true. Long before Strobel wrote his best seller, The Case For Christ, Paul testified to the historical evidence of the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. He listed a series of post-resurrection appearances which included individuals, small groups, and a crowd of over five hundred people at one time. Many of those eye witnesses were still living at the time Paul wrote the letter so, if there was any doubt to the veracity of their stories, it could easily have been discredited.

The truthfulness of Christ’s death and resurrection are twin pillars in the Christian faith. Paul goes on in 1 Corinthians 15 to say that if the resurrection is a hoax we have nothing and all of our teaching (even this devotional you are reading) is in vain. In other words, “Game Over!” Therefore, as you celebrate Christ’s resurrection this Sunday, remember that “It is not the empty tomb that proves the resurrection, but the resurrection that makes the empty tomb meaningful.”