If Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty…
If Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished
 [if Christ is not risen].
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.
(1 Cor 15:14, 17-23)