As we wrap up “alive,” we find that the resurrection speaks to more than just us having a body again: it speaks to restoration for the world.
What does it mean to be resurrected? We have lots of ideas, but are they what God is actually promising? As we continue through 1 Corinthians 15 this week, we get to that central point — and struggle — with the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead. It’s so important to understand so that we can approach life and death with the hope God gives us.
This week on Steadfast, I looked at the promise of resurrection for each of us. Many in our society would accept a lot of Jesus’ teachings and yet discount the resurrection as just a comforting myth to help us cope with death. Paul has speaks very clearly in the next part of 1 Cor. 15 on why that cannot be.
The hope of Easter is based on the foundation that Jesus intended to, was able to and did accomplish salvation for us. For my new Steadfast series — “Alive” — I turn to the hope we find in 1 Corinthians 15 regarding Jesus’s resurrection.
Christ is Risen! “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.” — 1 Cor. 15:20-21 (ESV)