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Today, the Passover season comes to a close.
What a wonderful week of remembering what Christ has done for us.
It has been a time of bringing gifts to the Lord and drawing near to Him.
What we started last Friday by observing Good Friday, we end today remembering that He is risen indeed!
John 11:25 (CSB)
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.
The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live.
Jesus is talking to Mary in this verse.
Lazarus had died and Jesus was four days late, in her mind.
But when Jesus is four days late, He is just in time.
And here is why, it was the Father’s will.
John 6:39 (CSB)
39 This is the will of him who sent me: that I should lose none of those he has given me but should raise them up on the last day.
What an assurance Jesus gives us.
If we are His we will be raised.
That brings me to the Scripture for today. 1 Corinthians 15
Here is a word cloud of it.
Notice how the largest word in this picture is raised.
That gives you a clue to what this chapter is about.
Next is Christ then dead, body, and God.
If we take those top five words we can extrapolate the main idea.
This chapter is about Christ being raised from the dead by God and given a glorified body.
Just the Facts
1 Corinthians 15:1–11 (CSB)
1 Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel I preached to you, which you received, on which you have taken your stand
2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold to the message I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
There is a cross reference on this that I want to share with you.
I think this is something to keep in mind as you are on your lifelong journey with Jesus.
Proverbs 24:16 (CSB)
16 Though a righteous person falls seven times, he will get up, but the wicked will stumble into ruin.
The gospel is what we stand on... continuing in verse 3...
3 For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
Paul is laying out the facts of the gospel...
4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.
6 Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers and sisters at one time; most of them are still alive, but some have fallen asleep.
7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
8 Last of all, as to one born at the wrong time, he also appeared to me.
There are a lot of witnesses that testified that Jesus is alive!
9 For I am the least of the apostles, not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain.
On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
Notice how Paul shifts the glory back to God...
11 Whether, then, it is I or they, so we proclaim and so you have believed.
Regardless of how you got the message the importance is that you received it and believed.
What are the facts?
Christ died for our sins according to Scripture
He was buried
He was raised on the third day
He appeared to Cephas and the Twelve
He appeared to over 500 brothers and sisters at one time
He appeared to James and the apostles
He appeared to me
No Resurrection | No Faith
Paul is going to the worst case scenario.
1 Corinthians 15:12–19 (CSB)
12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say, “There is no resurrection of the dead”?
13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised;
14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is in vain, and so is your faith.
Your faith is empty, it is useless, that is if there is no resurrection.
15 Moreover, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified wrongly about God that he raised up Christ—whom he did not raise up, if in fact the dead are not raised.
16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised.
17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.
18 Those, then, who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished.
19 If we have put our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone.
Praise God this is not the case.
Christ’s resurrection guarantees ours!
Jesus Is the Firstfruits
1 Corinthians 15:20–28 (CSB)
20 But as it is, Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man.
22 For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
Colossians reminds us of Jesus’ place.
23 But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; afterward, at his coming, those who belong to Christ.
24 Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when he abolishes all rule and all authority and power.
25 For he must reign until he puts all his enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy to be abolished is death.
27 For God has put everything under his feet.
Now when it says “everything” is put under him, it is obvious that he who puts everything under him is the exception.
28 When everything is subject to Christ, then the Son himself will also be subject to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.
Hallelujah, God’s glory will fill the earth.
Come to Your Senses
1 Corinthians 15:29–34 (CSB)
29 Otherwise what will they do who are being baptized for the dead?
If the dead are not raised at all, then why are people baptized for them?
Paul wasn’t approving this practice.
He was just saying it wouldn’t matter.
30 Why are we in danger every hour?
31 I face death every day, as surely as I may boast about you, brothers and sisters, in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Don’t miss this.
Paul’s point is that he would be crazy to risk his life every day for the sake of others if there was no hope in the resurrection.
32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus as a mere man, what good did that do me?
If the dead are not raised, Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.
33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
34 Come to your senses and stop sinning; for some people are ignorant about God.
I say this to your shame.
Paul wasn’t writing this to shame you, but to warn you.
Titus 2:12 (CSB)
12 instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age,
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