1 Corinthians 15:20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. (NASB)
Paul had just finished demonstrating how central the truth of Christ's resurrection is to Biblical Christianity in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19. Paul puts down the shield of defense and takes up the sword of scripture and proclaims - "But now Christ has been raised from the dead..."! What follows is a demonstration of why Christ's resurrection from the dead makes the Gospel not only the Biggest and Best News - but moreso the most Awesome news! We will first give the entire text of 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 with key underlined words that will be explained later in this post:
1 Corinthians 15:20-28 (20) But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam 1 all die 2, so also in Christ 3 all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming 4, 24 then comes the end 5, when He hands over the kingdom to theGod and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 27 For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. 28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all. (NASB)
Christ's resurrection is the Biggest News because it covers every major doctrine and section in the Bible
a. "Adam" = refers to creation
b. "die" = refers to the curse
c. "Christ" = the focal point of scripture, and the One who raised from the dead
d. "His coming" = This speaks of Christ's Personal, Visible, Physical return at the end of this age
e. "The End" = This refers to the conclusion of all things when Christ hands over everything He has submitted under His reign to God the Father.
So with those five terms: creation, curse, Christ, coming and conclusion, we can see why Christ's resurrection is such big news in 1 Corinthians 15:20-28. Christ's resurrection demonstrates that creation will be redeemed, the curse has been reversed for believers in Christ and that Christ is central to understanding history and eternity. Furthermore, Christ's resurrection also demonstrates what Christ will accomplish in His second coming as well as how He will bring all things to their appropriate conclusion.
Why Christ's Resurrection is awesome news!
The more you read and study 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, the more amazed you become at the range of ground touched by the resurrection. But let's not forget that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is as much personal as it is profound. 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 serves to demonstrate the personal importance of Christ's resurrection to the Gospel asserted in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4: "Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand. (2) by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. (3) For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures (4) and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures." (NASB)
Did you catch how many times the personal pronouns (you, our) were mentioned in the text? Paul emphasizes the personal pronouns ten times in a span of four verses to communicate how the Gospel is the Best News around. Personally it gains you access to God, to Jesus, to His forgiveness, to all His rich graces and to the hope of an eternal home. Not only that, but since the pronouns in the original Greek are plural, that means you and I who believe on the resurrected Jesus get to enjoy all of His saving benefits together!
Truly the Resurrection of Jesus Christ makes the Gospel both the Biggest News and the Best News. "Big" because of all the doctrines and events that it has either affected or will ever affect. "Best" because you who by grace through faith believe on Him are personally and eternally saved from wrath, saved unto Him and saved to live forever with Him. Whenever you combine the fact that Christ's resurrection is the biggest and best news - you come away with the most awesome news: He is alive!