The twin goliaths of death and taxes have been stalking our land this holy week generating uncertainty in our hearts.
Each April 15 without fail we need to meet our governmental support obligation or face dire consequences. On Sunday we were shocked by the hateful killings in Kansas City and by mid week, the Nigerian massacre, and the capsized ferry in South Korea shocked our sensitivities.
We could hear the rising chorus of despair and grief. Would our hope manna last long enough to feed and nurture our souls? Would the coming feast of Good Friday followed soon by the lavish spread of Resurrection Sunday satisfy our hope starved souls?
So what is so special about this weekend that can give us a fresh infusion of hope?
We can borrow monies to satisfy the tax obligation, but the very active death goliath can infuse us with fear and a crippling perspective on the value of life laying new layers of doubt on life beyond the grave.
The apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 comes to our rescue by betting the house money and more on Jesus taking the full force of evil and defeating it as He said He would. If Christ had not been raised from the dead, our faith, preaching and thus our hope would be in vain! We should be pitied (1 Corinthians 15:19). Jesus conquering death on the third day made all things subjected to Him! (1 Corinthians 15:27)
Yes, this evil goliath is under His subjugation and on resurrection morning He brought forth first fruits us His victory. Looking for a heaping dose of hope today, invest five (5) minutes and read 1 Corinthians 15!
Relish for yourself the power of the resurrection and enjoy Paul’s crescendo statement once more:
Therefore my beloved brethren be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
(by Chris Daley)