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Thursday, February 10, 2022
Today’s Scripture Reading | 1 Corinthians 15:12–20
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. (NRSV)
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! On Easter Sunday we all proclaim this good news together. The sermon, music, hymns, and prayers declare that Christ has overcome death with life; hope has triumphed over despair; good has prevailed over evil. We are all exhilarated, and our spirits are lifted up by the joy of the Easter experience.
But the next day, on Monday morning, it is easy to go back to our old ways and forget the life-changing message of that Easter Sunday joy. This was certainly the case for me and my wife a few years back when the day after Easter our main sewage pipe burst, and we had water pouring into our basement. Walls had to be torn out and new plumbing installed. Hope? Good over evil? It suddenly seemed like a distant memory as we raced into the next crisis.
In today’s reading Paul writes to the people of Corinth, as well as to you and me, to remind all believers not to give up hope in that Easter joy. We all have challenges—many worse than leaking plumbing—but we need to remember the good news of the Easter message, let it sink into our souls, and be changed by it. We are called as the children of God to live into that Easter joy with all our heart, mind, and soul—to bring the light of that morning into the darkest places of our lives and to share that light wherever we may go and wherever it may lead.
May I be made strong with all the strength that comes from God’s glorious power, and may I be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to God, who has enabled me to share in the inheritance of the saints of light. Amen.
Written by John W. W. Sherer, Organist and Director of Music
Reflection and prayer © Fourth Presbyterian Church
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