In the lectionary readings for this coming Sunday you’ll find a chunk of scripture from 1 Corinthians 15:12-20, about the resurrection. In the New Living Translation verse 20 says “But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead…”. I totally had a Dwight Schrewt (from tv show The Office) moment.
Fact: Christ has been raised from the dead. (brown bears, Battlestar Galactica… but I digress)
Our Monday morning bible study ladies discussed this passage, and we were struck by how most sermons are focused on the crucifixion and the method of death. The symbol of Christianity is the cross. The crucifix is another sacred symbol for Christ followers.
But what about the empty tomb?
The 1 Corinthians passage talks about how faith without the resurrection is useless and we are to be more than pitied for our empty faith. But if we believe Christ has indeed been raised, then we have something to live for because we will also be raised when Christ returns.
Resurrection changes EVERYTHING. Without resurrection we are just trying to be good people. But our Gospel has power. Our Gospel raises people from the dead. This is such a big deal!
So, friend, how goes your walk? Does this resurrection gospel sound like good news to you? Or does it sound like good news only for those you serve?
I’ll admit, there are many times the gospel isn’t good news to me. Because of the people of the church, ‘gospel’ is a burden. But, friend, this gospel is for you too! This is a gospel you can stand on.
Do you need to drop the burdensome gospel you’ve been holding and claim this resurrection power gospel? Maybe it is time to explore the wonder working power of this gospel.
Fact: Christ has been raised from the dead. Hallelujah!