Belfast Telegraph

Friday 21 November 2014

Resurrection is crucial to Christian faith

In reply to Colin Nevin (Writeback, April 1) I would point out that the origin of the word "Easter" is not important, but the resurrection of Christ is essential to the Christian faith.

A dead Saviour would be no Saviour at all.

As is shown in 1 Corinthians, chapter 15, if Jesus had not risen we would have no salvation and no hope.

The raising of Lazarus and others was not resurrection. Those people were simply restored to their former life, and had to die again.

Jesus was the first to be resurrected with an incorruptible body, and will never die again (Romans 6:9).

That is why He is called "the firstborn from the dead" and "the first fruits of those who sleep". His resurrection guarantees the resurrection of all believers.

John Montgomery

Newtownabbey

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