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1 Corinthians 15:12-28
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. 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. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
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.
The weather’s starting to change in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. Not only is the air getting warmer, but we’ve gotten some rain instead of snow. Of course, because of this change, the grass is starting to grow. Now, it’s not too bad at the moment. I mean, some of it has just begun to green-up and stretch out. And there’s only a couple of places that look a little ragged; therefore, yesterday I felt free to see a movie just like I’ve done at least a half dozen times over the winter. But I know soon that’ll be coming to an end. You see, by next week, I’ll be getting the lawnmower out of the garage and pushing it around my small yard, because I know exactly what’s coming.
And you know, that also applies to our resurrection; we know what’s coming. And the reason, well, it all comes down to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Paul wrote, he’s the first fruits of those who’ve died, which means that, since he was raised, we can hope that we will be too. Of course, unlike my lawn, we don’t know when this is going to happen. It may be tomorrow or a million years from tomorrow. What we know is this: when our resurrection comes, God’s kingdom will be on earth as it is in heaven. And in that kingdom, we’ll know perfect peace and joy. You see, thanks to the resurrection, we can believe that this is what’s coming.