Paul begins in this 15th chapter of the letter to the church of Corinth by speaking directly to the great hope that all believers of all time have been given in and through the Lord Jesus Christ so let us hear afresh this astounding good news. “ Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the Gospel I preached to you and on which you have taken your stand, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures , that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. “ On this statement of faith all else stands. It is not just a mater of Christ dying and was resurrected , as important as that is but it is “ of first importance “ why he died and was raised from the dead. The simple truth is this; “ Christ died for our sins” and all of this is to fulfill the plan of God that has been laid out in Scripture for us. As Paul tells us in his letter to the church in Rome, “ all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. “
God created us in His own glorious image yet that image was badly marred through the sin and disobedience of Adam and as Paul tells us today, in consequence “ for as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” The death and resurrection of Jesus was not an accident or even a great tragedy. Rather it was and is the outpouring of God’s great love towards all that we might e forgiven and restored into a right relationship with God … that we might be recreated in the image and the glory of God. “ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
“ If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. “ Remember what is “of first importance; that Christ died for our sins.” In Christ we have been made brand new and we have been given a living hope , a hope that is grounded in what God in Christ Jesus has done for us. The resurrection of Jesus is the validation of this great power and great love of God. The gift of eternal life is ours if we dare to believe and if we do we shall live and die in Christ , secure forever in God as we await the day when “ he has put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. “
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven if we have accepted that great and glorious gift. Glorious Easter to you for indeed Christ is risen and may we all sing “ Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleujiah Amen!