1 Corinthians 15:17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.
To be “in your sins” is the opposite of being “in Christ.” When we are “in Christ.” We get what Christ can do for us, such as eternal life. When we are in (our) sins; we get what sins can do for us, such as, eternal condemnation and death (Romans 6:20-23)
Paul says “If Christ has not been raised………,you are still in your sins. We are still bearing our guilt, still under condemnation, still alienated from God, still unforgiven. Think about that! We thank God, that is not the case because Jesus died, He was buried and on the third day He RESURRECTED from the dead.
The resurrection of Jesus is tremendously important for our capacity to forgive one another, because God forgave our sins. This is the reward that God gives to His son precisely because His sacrifice is so totally sufficient for our forgiveness and for our power to forgive.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
But the message of Easter is the shout of 1 Corinthians 15:20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. And Paul gives the evidence for it in 1 Corinthians 15:5-8 The people Christ appeared to: individuals, small groups, a large group, many of whom were still alive as Paul wrote so that the Corinthians could investigate his claim, but Christ had been raised.
Far better news the Gospel brings. Doubt not His sacrifice can save, God sealed it with an empty grave, and by His Blood and life we live and now have freedom to forgive.
The resurrection of Jesus is an exclamation point of God’s joy and celebration of all that Christ did for us in His dying. Christ is alive today for this reason: to deliver to us personally and powerfully everything He died to obtain, including the joy of being forgiven and the doubled joy of being to forgive.