For the earliest believers in Yeshua, his resurrection was the single most powerful event that had ever occurred. It shattered the power of sin and proclaimed Yeshua to be the Son of God (Rom 1:4). What was it that was so powerful about this event? Why was it absolutely necessary for the plan of salvation for Messiah to be resurrected? What was it about this Yeshua that attracted so many pagans to reject their gods, to reject their king (Caesar) and to follow another King? We will look at the historical background to the first century world to discover how the city of Rome was able to control most of the known world through imperial cult worship and through the power of crucifixion and how Paul understood Yeshua as having crushed this empire.
But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Messiah has been raised! And if Messiah has not been raised, then our proclaiming is meaningless and your faith also is meaningless. Moreover, we are found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified about God that He raised up Messiah—whom He did not raise up, if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Messiah has been raised. And if Messiah has not been raised, your faith is worthless—you are still in your sins.