Day Two: Christ Is Risen

1 Corinthians 15:23-26, 28 (NIV)
23 But each [will be made alive] in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.

“His resurrection is not merely a wondrous event that confirms his special status before God; rather, it is the beginning of a much greater harvest. This is the crucial point that some of the Corinthians had failed to understand: they did not see that there was a direct connection between Christ’s resurrection and their future fate. It may seem remarkable to us that anyone could have become an adherent of the early Christian movement with understanding this point, but as both 1 Corinthians 15 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 demonstrate, Paul had to explain it repeatedly to his Gentile congregations.” [Richard Hays, First Corinthians: Interpretation]

Jesus’ bodily resurrection was a first fruit of the future resurrection of all believers. His resurrection necessitated our own future resurrection. Humanity’s greatest enemy is death, and thus, God must destroy death in all of those who are to live eternally with Christ. This should cause us to shout aloud “Hallelujah!” again and again. Jesus calls us his own, and he will rid our bodies of sin and death once and for all.

Today, let’s pray and worship to “Christ Is Risen” (click here), singing again and again “Hallelujah” today!

-NB

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