Easter Sunday, April 12
Died, Buried, Raised.
Today, believers celebrate the resurrection from the dead of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Today we remember the traditional refrain: “Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!”
When the apostle Paul was clarifying the salvation story for the church in Corinth, he emphasized three foundational actions. Christ died for our sins. Christ was buried. Christ was raised.
“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,
and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,
that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8
This is a very different Easter Sunday. It is surrounded by confusion and uncertainty. It occurs within a world of tension and stress. The temptation is to let the chaos envelop our hearts and keep us in turmoil and anxiety. But, the news of the resurrection has power to fill us with a living hope. That living hope is based on those three foundational points which Paul stressed. Christ died for our sins. Christ was buried. Christ was raised.
Prayer: Thank you Lord Jesus Christ, that you willingly died for my sins. Thank you that you conquered the grave and you are alive forever. Fill me with hope as I rest on these foundational truths today. Amen.