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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Resurrection LIfe

Today I'm reading 1 Corinthians 15:51-58.

51-57 But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true:
Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?
It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!
58 With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.

Such a powerful explanation of our resurrection hope through Christ. That there is more to existence than just the few years we have here on this earth. We were created by God to be eternal creatures; and that means we should always try to keep eternity in mind. Paul says this reality should be our main motivation for following Christ wholeheartedly in this life. "Stand your ground. And don't hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master..." Serving Christ, sharing his grace with's the one thing that has eternal consequences, so we should be confident and bold in serving him here and now. 

People need to know and respond to the resurrection promise of Jesus: "I am the Resurrection and the Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25).

Don't hold back today.


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