March 27: The Wonder of the Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-11)
There will be no classes for adult or children this Sunday at 9:00am.
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
The wonder of the resurrection is so far beyond simply taking us to heaven when we die. The wonder of the resurrection is about Jesus bringing a new age in which forgiveness is granted, death is defeated and Jesus is the reigning king, and grace is ours to live as people who are being transformed by his Spirit even now on this earth. Many of our struggles in this life may in fact be due to our failure to understand the gospel and the new age that dawned in his resurrection. Take time to consider the nature of Jesus being raised not as a spirit but as a body, not just defeating death but offering life, true life. In his being raised from the dead, Jesus has offered a hope that cannot be taken away, threatened or defeated regardless of ungodly governments, wicked enemies, or unbeatable sicknesses. Rejoice that Jesus is alive and reigning even now, dwelling by his Spirit among his people.
Review and Apply
1. Can you in one minute explain the gospel to another person?
2. Why is the resurrection central to this gospel?
3. Why must we believe in the resurrection to be a Christian? (consider Romans 10:9)
4. How does Paul use the Scriptures to validate the resurrection?
5. Why is it important that over five hundred people saw Jesus at the same time?
6. How does faith in the resurrection give transforming power?
7. In what ways ought the resurrection to change your life this week?