1 Corinthians 15:20-26 (NIVUK)
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
Our hope grows out of Jesus’ resurrection. Because he came back to life, we believe that when he returns we too will be raised to new life. More than that, our hope is that not only will we receive new life but the world will as well as Jesus overcomes all that is broken and dead and dying not just in us, but in our culture and structures, and finally death itself. What a wonderful hope to have! The rest of this week we will reflect on the implications of this hope for today.
Jesus, we celebrate the new life that you have won for us!