I certainly hope you were able to participate in tonight’s gathering of Portico Church. But in the event you weren’t, let me ask you to do something I asked of those who were able to gather. Would you spend some time this week in honest evaluation and transparent conversation about the implications of the resurrection in your life? I don’t mean the resurrection implication for what lies beyond this life. I mean what difference did the resurrection make in your life today and what difference do you expect it will make in your life tomorrow?
1 Corinthians 15 deals in great detail with the topic of the resurrection. In that context, verse 19 says, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” When I have read that verse in the past, I always concluded it is pointing us to the fact that we who follow Jesus will, too, experience life after death as Jesus did. And, of course, that application is accurate. But look at the verse again. It, certainly, also implies that the fact of the resurrection is to have implications for our lives right now! So, what are those?
Give that question some thought. Talk about it with family and friends. Discuss it in your Small Group. The answers to that question will provide the framework for our Easter Sunday discussion. Share your thoughts with your Small Group Leader, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this online form by clicking HERE.
I’ll close with this thought: For centuries, the Resurrection Sunday greeting has been, “Christ is risen!” That greeting is answered by, “He is risen, indeed!” I can’t wait to greet you and be greeted by you in that fashion this Easter Sunday because Christ IS risen! And that fact changes everything!!
~ Randy Impson