This message by Paul brings me much comfort, for it shows that he also dealt with the strong opposition of his faith in the Risen Christ, and that he had to consider the possibility that he was wrong. Even though he had personally seen Jesus after His resurrection. Despite all the signs and wonders that followed him. Despite his strong personal relationship and mandate to preach Christ in foreign lands, he was forced to consider: “What if Jesus did not arise from the dead?” As a formerly devout Jew, this question must have tore at his heart and conscience.
This question, like his message shows us, is pinnacle to our faith. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then He was not the Christ! If He didn’t rise from the dead, then He was a false prophet altogether. If He didn’t rise from the dead, then our faith is a joke. We have no hope. We may as well go about doing exactly what we want to do, while we still can, before our number comes up!
We may also have to consider the idea that we have been misled and have been very gullible. What does that say about us?