Message # 749
This Sunday We Celebrate Easter Sunday
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
1 Corinthians 15:20
During the apostle Paul’s three-year stay in Ephesus, he received word that trouble was brewing in the church at Corinth. Not only was there disunity and carnality, false teachers were teaching that there would be no resurrection of the believer’s body. This false teaching prompted Paul to write a long discourse on a crucial theological point: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ guarantees that those who belong to Him will also be resurrected.
In fact, Paul said that the Resurrection of Jesus was so important that the Christian’s faith is in vain if He is still in the grave (1 Corinthians 15:2, 14, 19). And if Jesus wasn’t raised from the dead, we won’t be either. But—Jesus was raised from the dead and seen by hundreds of witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). Paul pointed out that the resurrection of our body will follow Christ “each one in his own order” (1 Corinthians 15:23). As the harvest happens in stages, so will the Resurrection.
On this Easter Sunday, take heart! Stand firm—your labor in the Lord will bear fruit in eternity. A new earth awaits your resurrected, glorified, eternal body.
Christianity is essentially a religion of resurrection. James S. Stewart