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Be hopeful because Jesus is alive. God works according to his own predetermined timetable. A common mistake: God’s plan always unfolds the way I think it should. God’s pathway to glory often involves a companion named suffering.
The resurrection changes everything about the way we approach life. There were even some in Paul’s day that were baptized for dead loved ones (I Corinthians 15:29). It wasn’t legitimate to be baptized from the dead but it was an illustration of how believing in life after death affects the way we live now. Belief in life after death changes the way we live now. I. The resurrection made Paul willing to sacrifice (I Cor. 15:30-32) A. Because Paul believed and preached the resurrection He was in danger every hour B. He died daily to his own motives 1. He was telling the truth 2. To the same level of joy that he had over in there salvation 3. He also had to die daily to self C. What he did was not by human motive 1. He fought with wild beasts in Ephesus (Acts 19:23ff) 2. Why would he do that if there was no resurrection? 3. What profit was it to him? (II Cor. 11:23-28) 4. What earthly human motivation would he be fulfilling if it all was a lie? D. If the dead are not raised the logical track for conduct is this 1. Eat a lot and enjoy it 2. Drink a lot and enjoy it 3. Because all that ever will be is what we have here and tomorrow we die II. The resurrection changes our conduct A. We will not want to hang around bad company (I Cor. 15:33) 1. Bad company corrupts good morals 2. Since there is a resurrection we don’t want bad morals 3. We have God to answer to for our lives B. Be sober minded – consider and think about what you do seriously (I Cor. 15:34) C. Stop sinning D. Invest yourself into knowing what God wants 1. Some of you have no knowledge of God (II Cor. 5:6-9) 2. It is shameful for a Christian to not know what God wants 3. We all need to be in the word seeking what He wants for us The fact that there is a resurrection and life after death changes everything about the way we live now. The resurrection makes us sacrifice, and not do some of the things we would otherwise participate in during this life. The fact of the resurrection causes us to do things and make stands that we would otherwise not make in this life and those stands can cause us to be criticized or persecuted (Hebrews 11:32-12:2). The resurrection motivates us to have good morals. It motivates us to seriously consider our conduct. It causes us to invest ourselves into knowing the truth.
There is a natural curiosity, even skepticism, among many people about the idea of a physical, bodily resurrection at the return of Christ. How is the resurrection body going to work? Paul points out in this passage that nature already bears witness to resurrection truths. For instance, seeds growing into plants bears witness to the Lord's power to transform physical bodies. Creatures in nature give witness to the potential for different bodies for different purposes. Also, the heavenly bodies (e.g. sun, moon, stars) bear witness to the principle of different degrees of glory for different kinds of bodies. All of these illustrations point to the fact a bodily resurrection is not so farfetched. For, the resurrection body will not simply be a resuscitated corpse. Instead, the Lord will transform the bodies of those who are in Christ. These new kinds of bodies will be suitable for a new kind of life in the coming age. These bodies will be imperishable, glorious, not limited by inability, and supernatural. The pattern and source for this new life is Christ Himself. Given that Paul has made such an effort to explain the bodily resurrection, it stands to reason that your body matters. God made people with physical bodies, and they are an essential part of the divinely designed human experience. So, take care of your natural body, since it is a temple and a vessel for the Lord. Ask yourself, is your physical condition an asset or liability to God's will in your life? If it is a liability, is there anything you can do about that? Also, look forward to your resurrection body. Pain reminds us that we are alive, but not as alive as we're going to be after the resurrection. Be comforted by this truth and spurred on to live with an eternal perspective.
Why then was Christ buried? Why does Paul say it is of first importance? How does Christ’s burial comfort the believer? What blessings are given to us to enjoy? Herman Witsius writes, “…Christian piety requires us to improve it for our own benefit, by holy meditation,” (The Apostles’ Creed, p. 117). How can we better make use of and celebrate Christ’s burial for our benefit? How does frequent meditation on His burial motivate and form our faith on a daily basis? I want to give you seven truths concerning Christ’s burial, which highlight its paramount importance for our faith and the gospel blessings that it sets forth for us to enjoy.
Resurrection Benefits: Our Justification Romans 4:23-25
Just as he experienced all that we experience in this life, Jesus, too, was faced with conflicting loyalties. He was a Palestinian Jew, a citizen of a nation he loved and a people who were living under oppression, who wanted him to be “one of us,” who wanted him to be their earthly king and lead them to freedom. He heard the chorus of their voices along with the single voice of his Father, saying, “Be my Son.”
Easter should be a season of celebrating the newness of life, the goodness of creation and the hope of future glory in Christ.