Wednesday October 21 2015

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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

Key verse: (53) “For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality.”

Reflection: Our Easter celebrations are several months away, but as faithful people we celebrate the good news of resurrection every day.  It’s been said that every Sunday is a little Easter because we gather in worship to celebrate the power and grace of God revealed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The good news of resurrection is that death no longer has the final word. Death is not victorious. Any power that seeks to entomb God’s will was forever defeated when Christ rose from the grave. God’s love shatters the power of sin and death so that we are freed to serve God.

Our passage today comes from Paul’s letter to the Christians in Corinth. Paul offered words of hope about the power of resurrection. When we consider the realities of our world – war, violence, disasters, abuse, racism, sexism, poverty – it’s easy to be discouraged and to conclude that evil is victorious. The Corinthian Christians surely felt the same way. The empty tomb is the sign for all of us that love ultimately wins. Nothing can hold back God’s will to bring life and love to the world. Paul offers the contrast between perishable and imperishable, mortal and immortal, to remind us that God’s power is at work.  When old lives die, new creations are born. Over and over again. Thanks be to God for that good news!

Prayer: “Thine is the glory, risen, conquering Son; endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.” Fill my heart with joy and open my lips to sing praises, O God.  Give me the assurance and hope of eternal life. Through Christ my Savior I pray.  Amen.

Author: Millie Snyder

(The quote in the prayer is from the hymn “Thine Is The Glory”, written by Edmond Louis Budry.)

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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