Jesus hadn't been crucified and the resurrection hadn't occurred? A bit of background. Despite the fact that I've had no religious training, I'm now asked by the two ministers at the mission church to give sermons when they're absent for various reasons. I'm gobsmacked by their trust in me - the only requirement being that I give the congregation a message of hope. I'm given the Bible readings - but have decided just to concentrate on the gospels - as I haven't studied religious history. For a sermon coming up in January I wish to show the congregation that Jesus chose 'ordinary" folk - just like them - to be his disciples. These disciples -like those in the congregation - had flaws, but Jesus saw their potential (even if they exasperated him at times). I then go on to Judas - the disciple that arguably had the worst flaw in that he betrayed Jesus -and that led to the crucifixion. I then leave them with a hypothetical question. Like all hypothetical questions in one sense it doesn't matter, but I ask them, in their opinion, would Christianity exist if Jesus lived out his days and there was no crucifixion or resurrection? What would your answer be? Why?