1 Corinthians 15:1-58, Mathew 27:54-66, Luke 8:1-3
Mary must have been very surprised to see her teacher after everything that had happened in the days preceding. She very likely didn’t know what part she was playing in the most incredible narrative and story that the world will ever know.
There were people who sought to rob the power of the Gospel in that day as well as there are today. The gospel however can’t be corralled and “managed” by man. It is living… it is the power of God.
Think for a few minutes about what life would mean to you if there was no future beyond the grave. If this life is all that there is, how does that change how you look at life?
We see in verse 20 that Christ is indeed risen from the dead. Christ overcame death – he raised Lazarus from the dead and then he himself came back to life.
When you think of the “first fruit” you think of the first one from a crop. It is right to think that the rest of the fruit that comes from the crop should be pretty similar.
Jesus was the first fruit from the dead. This gives us the hope that we will be the same, we will be similarly raised from the dead… we are a part of the crop.
The law says that “unless you can fulfill the law, you are condemned to eternal death.” The strength of sin is the law. No man can fulfill the requirements of the law. This doesn’t give a very nice picture… but living in the resurrected life, we get an entirely different outlook. Jesus, through his death and resurrection gives us a direct avenue to God… our sins can be forgiven and removed. We can be brought into the presence of the Lord!
The grace that is freely given us through the redemption available in Jesus breaks the bondage of sin. Jesus Christ has given life to many.
This grace available to us is peculiar to Christianity.