This coming Sunday morning will produce crowds larger than usual in most congregations. Why is that? Most everyone, feels a need to “pay homage” to God for one reason or another. Before I was converted, I made it to most “Easter Sundays” at a local church in my small town. But did those Sundays really have an affect on me? Does it make people feel better to sit through the obligatory Easter message? Perhaps, but is this God’s purposeful design for the death of Christ?
This Sunday at Redeemer, Jim Hamilton will explore What the Resurrection Means for the Church, from John 20:19-23. It’s clear that the death and resurrection of the awaited Messiah ushered in more than a guilt trip for unbelievers. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul reflects on the power and reality of the Resurrection. He admits that without it, “we are of all men most to be pitied (19).” But, Christ HAS been raised from the dead (20), and he will put all enemies under his feet (25), including the last enemy (26), so that God may be all in all (28). But Paul goes on to make application to those who are benefiting from this miraculous event: the Church!
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
The “therefore” in verse 58 is referring to the reality of the resurrection! There is a very real application to the church that cannot be missed. Do you rely upon the power of the resurrection when you serve, teach, share and give? Is your life pointing people to the Cross and the good news? Are you discouraged, feeling that all you do is in vain? Friend, join us this Sunday as we seek encouragement, not from a self-help seminar, but from the power of the resurrected Messiah!