Maybe this is the first time you've ever stepped foot into a church. Or maybe you don't normally go to church unless it's Christmas and Easter, and you're used to preachers trying to convince you about the truth of Jesus, the Resurrection, and Christianity. You've heard all the same sermons, with the same evidences, texts, and arguments used—Easter after Easter after Easter. I'm going to try not to do that.
Or maybe one of your objections to all this is that so many Christians do not live in a way that's consistent with what they claim to believe. You're very put off by this. Well, you'll be happy to know that the Bible actually addresses that; it actually confronts that problem head on, and that's the emphasis of our text today. This Easter text is not so much convincing the non-Christian as it is challenging the Christian. Now don't get me wrong: This text is a challenge for me, and it's a challenge for all of us 21st-century Christians who claim to believe in the Resurrection and yet—if we're honest—live like it isn't true.
Are you living like it isn't true? Let's take a look.
(Read 1 Corinthians 15:32-34)
Why does it matter—and what should we do?
I have titled this Easter message "The Key to a Meaningful Life" because as we're going to see, for the apostle Paul who wrote this letter, the Resurrection wasn't just some event in the past or an event in the future. The resurrection of Jesus wasn't just the receipt of assurance that Jesus had sufficiently paid for all our sins on the Cross, and it wasn't even just a reminder of our future resurrection at the end of history. No, for Paul, the Resurrection ...
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