March 20, 10 am
March 24, 7 pm
March 27, 10 am
Wednesdays - 7 pm in the Chapel
The Promise of Resurrection from the Dead in the Old Testament
The Gospel Accounts of Christ's Resurrection from the Dead
Convincing Proofs of Christ's Bodily Resurrection
The Present-Day Significance of Christ's Resurrection
The Christian Hope of Resurrection at the Last Day
The season of Lent is here. Easter comes early this year. Because of our mild winter we are seeing tender shoots peeking up through the ground. There is no snow on the ground to protect the new vegetation. I feel like saying to them, “Wait, wait, it's not time yet.” Such is our journey through Lent. It's not time yet, but Easter will come and with it the resurrection of our Lord.
In our Lenten study with it's focus on resurrection, we have looked at biblical accounts of resurrection in the Old Testament. We considered the story of the dry bones in Ezekiel. God lead Ezekiel to a valley filled with dry bones and ordered Ezekiel to prophesy over them, and God brought them back to life. (Ezekiel 37: 2b - 6) Because that resurrection was of a group of people rather than an individual, it probably indicated the restoration of the nation of Israel.
There are other accounts of resurrection in the Old Testament. Elijah restored the life of son of the widow of Zarepheth. (1 Kings: 17 - 23) And Elisha raised the son of the Shunnamite woman. ( 2 Kings 4: 32 - 35)
As we move into the New Testament we see Jesus as the agent of Resurrection. He raised Jairus' daughter (Mark 5: 40 - 42) and the son of the widow of Nain (Luke 7: 11- 15) He also raised Lazarus after he was dead four days. (John 11) At the hour of Jesus? death, the bodies of many holy people were raised to life. (Matthew 27: 51 - 53) These resurrections foreshadow Jesus? coming resurrection. They provide proof that Jesus had death under his control. The difference between these resurrections and the resurrection of Jesus and the saints on the Last Day was that these people later died. And Jesus is alive! And we who are his followers will be raised to live with him for eternity! That's what Easter is all about.
1 Corinthians 13 NIV
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels,
but do not have love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries
and all knowledge,
and if I have a faith that can move mountains,
but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor
and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,
but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy,
it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease;
where there are tongues, they will be stilled;
where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child,
I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;
then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.