Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 15:50-58
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord, your labor is not in vain.” (I Corinthians 15:58)
The entire fifteenth chapter of Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians is a discourse on the resurrection. Though we will die physical at some point (unless Jesus comes back first), we have nothing to fear. Jesus Christ has conquered death — “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (vs. 54-56). Though we may die physically, we have eternal life through Jesus Christ. One day our souls will be united with our resurrected bodies (I Corinthians 15:35-44) and we will live forever in the new heavens and new earth (Revelation 21:1-7).
The resurrection message is one of life and hope and joy and peace. We know that Jesus has already conquered death. He is the resurrection and the life (John 11:25,26). Because of this, we are destined for glory. “Death is swallowed up in victory!” And as we saw earlier this week, we can live in the power of the resurrection in the here and now (Philippians 3:10). The life Jesus promises us is not in the distant future. It is now as well — “I came that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10).
Because the resurrection offers us so much hope, Paul ends his discourse on the resurrection with these words — “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord, your labor is not in vain.” These words are so applicable to us as we face so much bad news each day regarding the spread of the pandemic. We must remain steadfast and immovable. We must abound in the work of the Lord as never before.
Jesus gives us the victory. We do not have to be shaken. Remain steadfast and immovable. We are safe and secure in the hands of our victorious Savior. Focus on Him when the waves of doubt and anxiety come. Remember, He has conquered death and we under His victorious care.
This is the time for believers to abound in the work of the Lord. We need to encourage others, especially those who are discouraged, fearful and anxious. We need to offer help to others when we can. We need to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Who can you encourage today? Reach out to others and remind them that Jesus is alive and we are safe and secure in His powerful hands.
Lord Jesus, during these difficult and discouraging days, enable me to remain steadfast and immovable. Let me remember that if you defeated the enemy of death, You can certainly defeat the enemy of this virus. I know that I am safe and secure in Your powerful hands. Give me the opportunity today to reach out to people, who may be fearful and anxious, with the glorious message of the power of the resurrection.
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