1 Corinthians 15:20-34
20 But Christ really has been raised from the dead. He is the first of all those who will rise. 21 Death came because of what a man did. Rising from the dead also comes because of what a man did. 22 Because of Adam, all people die. So because of Christ, all will be made alive. 23 But here is the order of events. Christ is the first of those who rise from the dead. When he comes back, those who belong to him will be raised. 24 Then the end will come. Christ will destroy all rule, authority and power. He will hand over the kingdom to God the Father. 25 Christ must rule until he has put all his enemies under his control. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 Scripture says that God “has put everything under his control.” (Psalm 8:6) It says that “everything” has been put under him. But it is clear that this does not include God himself, who puts everything under Christ. 28 When he has done that, the Son also will be under God’s rule. God puts everything under the Son. In that way, God will be all in all. 29 Suppose no one rises from the dead. Then what will people do who are baptized for the dead? Suppose the dead are not raised at all. Then why are people baptized for them? 30 And why would we put ourselves in danger every hour? 31 I die every day. I really mean that, brothers and sisters. Here is something you can be sure of. I take pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done for you through my work. 32 Did I fight wild animals in Ephesus for only human reasons? Then what have I gotten for it? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, because tomorrow we will die.” (Isaiah 22:13) 33 Don’t let anyone fool you. “Bad companions make a good person bad.” 34 You should come back to your senses and stop sinning. Some of you don’t know anything about God. I say this to make you ashamed.
Paul makes a co
nclusion “Has Christ been raised from the dead?” and confirmed: Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.
“Christ is risen” is the most important kernel of Christianity. Without it, Christianity is not Christianity, but religion only. That is why Paul had to emphasize it repeatedly, where ever he went.
Not only that, Jesus was the first fruit of all Christians who have fallen asleep. So, we know death is not the end of life. Death can not hold down Christians and we will all rise from the dead like Jesus.
The truth of resurrection is quite challenging to me. How many times I put my focus on this life not eternal life? How many plans that I make are for myself not for His kingdom? What can I give account for when I meet Jesus? Will Jesus smile on me when we meet face to face?
Dear Lord, thank you for saving me and giving me eternal life. You are King of kings and Lord of lords, as God has placed all things under your feet. By death,
You destroyed the devil that holds the power of death and set me free. Amen
Written by Al