For I delivered unto you … how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures; and that he was seen …
If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
— 1 Corinthians 15:3-19 (KJV)
Most miserable — to be pitied. If and only if this faith is grounded on empty. The sign upon which the meaning of my life hinges. I’m in.
So I say:
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
— 1 Thessalonians 1:1