For Christians, however, the bodily resurrection of Jesus is not an optional doctrine.
The Scriptures affirm the truth that, “. . . if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. . . . if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Corinthians 15:14-19, ESV).
John Updike (1932-2009) recognized this truth and wrote an oft-quoted poem about it.*
“Seven Stanzas at Easter”
Make no mistake: if he rose at all
It was as…
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