What I read today;
1 Corinthians 15; Mark 2; Ezekiel 4-5; Psalm 120; Neh 13 & Esther 1; Numbers 9
What’s really important to you? When you strip everything down to bare bones what is left? What is the one thing you simply can’t give up?
With all the political candidates running for President running around we see a lot of people making promises attempting to play on the desires and wishes of potential voters. These folks make promises about free health care, keeping the economy going, free college, lower taxes and on and on.
Each promise is designed to play on one or more of your emotions. Mostly, however, they are playing on fear. Fear of loss or fear of high costs or some other emotional fear that you live with every day of your life.
If I stripped it down to the bare bones, I guess that most people’s number one fear would be the fear of dying. As we get older, we realize how frail we really are. We see loved ones passing away, we hear of high school classmates who are sick or who have died. Each one leaves an indelible mark on our souls. Each time we think a little more about our own mortality.
That’s why Paul focused solely on the resurrection of the dead in 1 Corinthians 15. That’s why he says in Vs. 3-4;
“3 For I handed on to you as of first importance what I, in turn, had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures.” NRSV
Christ had to die to open a way for each one of us to spend eternity in heaven with our father. He had to come to the earth and live the life we couldn’t live because God loved us so much that he wanted us to be with him.
That’s why Paul would proclaim our ultimate victory in verses 50-57;
“50 What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” NRSV