READ : 1 Corinthians 15:1-34
If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (v. 19)
I read an interview once with a minister who did not believe Jesus was actually raised from the dead. He believed the resurrection stories in the New Testament were fables and that we were supposed to think of the resurrection symbolically, not literally. To him, the resurrection represented the promise of second chances and renewal, like spring coming after a long winter. “My gosh,” he said, “if I actually believed a person had been raised from the dead I’d shout about it to everyone.”
Isn’t that exactly the point?
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the singular moment in human history. It is the lens through which Christians view reality. Everything we believe, not just about death but also about life, is affected by the resurrection. If there is no resurrection, Paul says, why do any of the things we do? Why preach? Why have faith? Why fight wild beasts in Ephesus (v. 32)? (Call Paul what you will, but don’t you dare call him boring.)
We have seen that the central theme of this letter to the Corinthians is unity. The climax of Paul’s teaching and the foundation of any hope for unity among diverse and disparate people is found in the resurrection, the pivotal point of history. In Christ, Paul tells us in verse 22, all shall be made alive. That promise indeed unites us.
Thank you, Father, for this gospel, this good news of your Son’s resurrection.