From the Pastor’s Desk
I Corinthians 15:20.
“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept.”
We must be careful not to take Resurrection Sunday too lightly. I am aware many have experienced quite a number of Resurrection Sundays in our lives, and it can be very easy to lose sight of the value of remembering the greatest day in the history of the world. The miracle of Christ’s Resurrection is foundational to the Christian faith. Christ’s Resurrection is the main footing of the principal value upon which the doctrines of grace depend. I Corinthians 15:17 states, “…If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” Dr. Herbert Lockyer states, “The resurrection was God’s receipt for Calvary. Christ died to discharge our heavy debt of sin, and that all claims were fully met is evidenced by His triumph over man’s last enemy.”
Think about this, if the body of our Lord had not come out of the grave, then there would have been no salvation for us. The Apostle Paul clearly states in his letter to the church at Rome that it is only when we believe in our hearts that God has raised Jesus from the dead, that we can be saved. It is vitally crucial to our understanding that the Resurrection cannot be detached from our salvation.
Therefore, since Christ is the first-fruits of them that have died, that is Jesus Christ is the first one recalled to life of them that have died; this means that by His Resurrection the future resurrection of Believers will happen; because the first-fruits come before that which is to follow and are a pledge and promise of the rest of the harvest. That simply means since He was resurrected to a glorified body, then we too will be resurrected into a glorified body. His resurrection is the greatest assurance for the Child of God; it gives us the guarantee that no matter the issues we face in this life, they are only temporary. He is Risen, just like He said He would.
As we can see, the Death, Burial and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ has paved the way for our salvation and eternal resurrection. God the Father takes seriously that which He lovingly did for us. We ought not take lightly what our Lord accomplished when He died and rose from the dead so that we too will one day be raised from the dead.
Your servant in Christ,