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1 Corinthians 15:20-28
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is plain that this does not include the one who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who put all things in subjection under him, so that God may be all in all.
Paul believed our hope rests on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. You see, since we are all in Christ just like we are in Adam, we have good reason to trust that just like Jesus’ tomb was empty, ours will be too. Therefore, for him a process has already started, a process we call the resurrection of the dead. And that’s why he called Christ “the first fruits of those who have died.” In other words, the harvest has begun, and the time will come when God will recreate his universal.
But often it doesn’t really feel as though much of anything has happened. I mean, at best, we just go through our daily living, doing the best we can with what we’ve got. Of course, there are other times when life isn’t nearly so stable. As a matter of fact, I think we all have known times which look so bleak that it seems natural to wonder if the world will ever get better. That’s just the way it is. But you know, it’s when things get bad and we feel like accepting what seems unavoidable, it’s at those times when we need to pause and to consider once again the resurrection and to remember that the process that’ll lead to a new heaven and a new earth, well, it’s already started.