Jesus is alive, and we have all the reason in the world to celebrate! But what specifically are some of those reasons? To learn more let's look at I Corinthians 15.
(Read I Corinthians 15)
"But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep." (20)
Jesus is the firstfruits of the resurrection. He is the archetype, the pioneer, the original, but He is not the only one who will ever experience resurrection from the dead! Jesus is the first fruits, and and there will be many more to follow!
I love how Paul describes the difference between a natural body made alive again (i.e. resuscitation) such as Lazarus, etc. and the spiritual body which is the result of resurrection. (see verses 42-44)
That is such a great picture of what the resurrected bodies will be like of all who place true faith in Jesus. And we are guaranteed this resurrection through faith because as Paul says, "And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man (Adam), so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man (Jesus)." (49)
This is our hope! We will be like Jesus, and even now the Holy Spirit is shaping us to become more like Jesus, so that we can more accurately bear His image as a testimony to all creation that Jesus is alive! Hallelujah! What a Savior!
So what about you? What do you notice in I Corinthians 15 about Jesus' resurrection that gives you reason to celebrate? Let's share our hope as we journey with Jesus together along the way ...