Daily email Number 294 – from the Vicar

Our Bible passage today is 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 verses 50 to 58, as we finish off this amazing chapter on the truth and the implications of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Yesterday we read a lot about resurrection bodies, that they were spiritual, radically different, and yet with some continuity with what had gone before.Our passage today begins with the reason that they are needed because, ‘flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable (eg our earthly bodies) inherit the imperishable (eg the eternities of heaven)’ (v.50) – my examples.
And so at the sound of the last trumpet (a reference to the return of Christ), the perishable will be clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality (vs.52-54).Death has indeed been swallowed up in victory, the cross and resurrection of the Lord Jesus had indeed conquered death, and so we can ask the questions, ‘Where O death is your victory?  Where O death is your sting?’ quoting from the prophet Hosea (Ch.13 v.14).  Death, the final enemy, which has held power and pain over the whole of humanity since the Fall in Genesis Ch.3, is beaten.
Again I can hear the music and words of the last section of Handel’s Messiah in my head quoting these verses, or the last verse of Stuart Townend and Keith Getty’s modern Easter hymn, See what a morning,‘And we are raised with Him, death is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered; and we shall reign with Him, for He lives, Christ Is risen from the dead!’
So what is the application to us for all of this amazing truth?  Verse 58 tells us, ‘… stand firm … give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord’.Let us do that today and in these coming days. 

From our extended prayer list let us pray today for,- Andrew- George & Pat

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