Harvest



Daily reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-26, 51-57
Wednesday May 11, 2016

Focus passage: So if the message that is preached says that Christ has been raised from the dead, then how can some of you say, “There’s no resurrection of the dead?”  1 Corinthians 15:12
 
They were grappling with the age old question, what happens to us when we die?  Just as you would find a variety of answers if you were to stop and ask people out on the street, or perhaps even within our community, so was the case with the community in Corinth.

In typical Pauline fashion, he presents an argument, based on the statement that some have said “there is no resurrection of the dead” with a series of questions.  He sets his argument up this way; if you say this then it means this line of logic.  He states that if there is no resurrection then Jesus’ death on the cross is the end of the story; if Christ was not raised from the dead then there is no good news, his death on the cross was then just one of many unjust executions by the Roman state. 

Paul then answers the rhetorical questions that he asked.  In verse 20 he states “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead.  He’s the first crop of the harvest of those who have died.” 

He’s the first crop of the harvest, meaning there will be more.

Prayer:  God you conquer all of our fears, help me to live fully today free from the things that bring me down and rob me of joy.  Amen.

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