- 1 Corinthians 15 Empty Tomb––Full Life (Bowen)
As N.T. Wright puts it, "They knew as well as we do that things like that just don't happen. When people died they stayed dead.... Jesus' followers weren't expecting him to die in the first place; when he did, they certainly weren't expecting him to rise again. Yet they say, loud and clear, that that was what had happened. He had gone through death and out the other side, into a new mode of human existence."
- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Small Deaths and Little Resurrections (Entrekin)
Paul wrote to friends in distress: Back to basics, friends. I give to you what I received, the most important thing, that Christ died for our sins, was buried and was raised on the third day and then appeared to one, to twelve, to many, many more including me, even me. If you believe this, you will receive grace--and become grace for others.
- 1 Corinthians 15:3-20 My Future is Forever (Bowen)
Eugene Smith never sang much. But one year his daughter persuaded him to sing with the choir on the Hallelujah chorus. Near the end, he was just about to sing a couple more Hallelujahs when the choir stopped. He said, "Since that time I have been going around with a couple of Hallelujahs inside just waiting to get out."
- 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 Baptized into Easter (London)
Do you remember the Etch-A-Sketch? When you made a mistake you could shake it and voila — clean slate — you could start over. We're here this morning to celebrate Easter--God's shaking up the world so that we could start over. All the death and sin that had been written and drawn has been erased and God has begun a new creation.
- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 Does the Resurrection Make a Difference (Anders)
Perhaps the greatest line about the Resurrection comes from the famous preacher of another age, J. S. Whale, who said, "The Gospels do not explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels."
- 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 What Happens When I Die? (Donovan)
Paul didn't write First Corinthians 15 as a scientific textbook. Instead, he simply gives us a glimpse into eternity, and promises that it will be wonderful. Paul concludes: "Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (15:57).