It is widely acknowledged that this passage is the first written witness to Jesus’ resurrection. Paul was writing to address some people in Corinth who denied that Jesus was actually resurrected from the dead. He spoke of meeting the living Jesus personally, and gave testimony that hundreds of others were also eyewitnesses to this fact. Jesus’ resurrection is living proof that death, and evil itself, is defeated. If this is not true, Paul says our faith is worthless. Anyone could have put a stop to early Christian preaching of Jesus’ resurrection, simply by producing a corpse, but they could not do that. The tomb was empty, it’s still empty. Jesus is alive and out in the world meeting people. Spend a few moments today thinking about what difference it makes to you that Jesus is alive.
1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you,which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.