1 Corinthians 15
The resurrection chapter.
v3 says 3 most important things.
- Christ died according to scriptures
- Christ was buried according to scriptures
- Christ was raised to life according to the scriptures
Paul returns to where he started in chapter 1 : Christ and Him crucified and devotes the whole chapter to resurrection!
We are amazed at doctors, nurses, paramedics, surgeons etc. they can resuscitate; but we are not talking about that – we are talking about resurrection
Ezekiel 37: dry bones vision. That is resurrection and one day it’s going to happen
Job: though worms eat my flesh yet I will see see you! He has the hope of resurrection!
Daniel: sees humanity rising from the dust of the earth. He sees the resurrection. (Dan Ch 24)
What’s important about resurrection?
If no resurrection then we are men most miserable because preaching, faith is in vain. There is no hope.
Channel tunnel: goes into English side and comes out the French side. If not then we’d be left wondering and darkness would win the day. Jesus went into tunnel of death and came out the other side!
How do we know Jesus is alive? Paul says He was seen by people and seen by himself! We know because we met with Christ, because we have a personal relationship with him. He lives within my heart. People can’t take away our experience of Him.
v32 says do you think Paul would lay his life on the line for things that are rubbish?
Then he starts talking about resurrection of people who believe in Jesus. Not just the engine driver gets out the tunnel but everyone on the train! Like putting a bulb in ground will come out completely different, so too
- Perishing body for imperishable
- Dishonour raised in glory
- Physical to spiritual
- Weakness raised in power
Paul ends with “O death where is thy sting… Grave where is your victory?”.
Bible talks of 2 resurrections. Dan 12 says some raised to eternal life and some to eternal death. 1st resurrection is the rapture, after the millennium is second resurrection. What’s important is we are in the first and that we are ready.
Let’s know excitement of resurrection!