But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule 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.
1 Corinthians 15:20-26
Resurrection Sunday is a day of triumph and joy for Christians. Christ is risen, He is risen indeed! The great sacrifice of the cross, where he bestowed love and mercy on those who were His enemies. Today I’ve been thinking particularly about 1 Corinthians 15, that Christ is the firstfruits in resurrection. That the last enemy to be destroyed is death. I’ve been thinking about my grandfather who died two years ago, just before Easter. I think of my friends and family who suffer from illness and disease; of those who carry heavy burdens not likely to be lifted in this lifetime; of my own light momentary afflictions.
But today these thoughts do not wear on my soul. Because Resurrection Sunday means “What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. ” (I Cor. 15:42-43) Because of that Sunday, the ultimate Sunday is coming.
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
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