Stuck In Easter Mode
I’m still stuck in “Easter mode.”
That’s okay, because technically it’s still Easter. The Easter season in the church ends later this week with the celebration of Pentecost Sunday!
But the real reason I’m still stuck in “Easter mode,” is because I’ve been reading through the chapter 15 of 1 Corinthians the last few days. It’s all about Easter!
1 Corinthians is in the part of the Bible that comes to us from after the time of Jesus (the New Testament), and it was originally a first century letter written by Paul. The Apostle Paul was one of the first great missionaries of the Christian faith and one of many Christians, less than a generation after Jesus’ death and resurrection, trying to figure out what the “Jesus event” really meant. He shares some of his thinking in this letter to the church in the Greek city of Corinth.
Paul starts off chapter 15 by declaring “that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, NRSV). He emphatically argues that without a belief in the resurrection there is no basis for the Christian faith. “If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:16-17, NRSV).
Paul crescendos into a powerful proclamation that “Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting…But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:54-56, NRSV). In short, Easter…the resurrection of Jesus Christ…changes everything!
That’s all exciting! And that’s all great! But what does it really mean for you and me?
Paul says it this way at the very end of chapter 15. “As a result of all this…you must stand firm, unshakable, excelling in the work of the Lord as always, because you know that your labor isn’t going to be for nothing in the Lord.” In other words, the resurrection of Christ…Easter…means that trusting in Jesus with your very life is really worth it! So, stick with it, no matter what!
I hope to always be stuck in “Easter mode!” You?
Your partner on the journey,