Today we come to reflect on the conversation piece that has the potential if proved wrong to end all Christian theological conversations. The apostle Paul writing to the Corinthians some thirty years after the resurrection suggests that if Jesus never rose from the dead then as we say in Scotland the game’s a bogey.
However for Paul the resurrection was proof that God had begun to do a new thing in the hearts and lives of men and women. The resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth pointed to this new world order. One in which the heart of humanity was river-planted. The life changing power of the new humanity is the Spirit of God flowing through their beings. This is the ‘blessed man’ or perhaps mankind that the psalmist speaks of in Psalm 1.
So what does all this mean for the Christian today? It means we are called to start living perhaps in ideas and concepts that are far above our understanding, like wearing clothes that one day we will grow into. It means we start living as new creatures. The past is gone and all things are in the state of becoming new. It is to begin to believe that we can be friends of God.
Know Hope Know Resurrection
God of all understanding and knowledge
God who holds the mysteries of the world
In perfect harmony and communion
God of the seekers and the thinkers
Weaving friendships among enemies
Turning cynics into saints
Open our understanding to realise:
Know the future
12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. 17 If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. 19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.