Text: I Corinthians 15:29-41
For the power of the Easter story
For thanksgiving for those who are at rest
For those who are living only for this life
We continue in our reading of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, and we see his exasperation at those who would question his proclamation. Do you not recognize the questions they ask: How? How is this possible? What do those who are raised look like?
But I hope you also recognize Paul’s concern, for, if Jesus is not raised and the dead are not raised, then he is—and we are—wasting time. “Why did I fight with ravenous beasts? Why would I put myself through all this if it were not true?” It is a fair question to all those disciples who became apostles. Most of them died in what we would call awful ways because they would not let go of the story. They had seen Jesus dead. And then they had seen him alive, and alive in a way that was different from anything they had ever experienced. Nothing would push them from their witness.
In our day, the question is the same, but with slightly changed words: How has this made your life any different? What is your story? What is your Easter? What makes you say…
Easter joy ~ Pr. Dave Brooks