21st April 2019 – If for this life only…

April 18, 2019 Pastor Matt Bishop

I have too many favourite Easter related texts. Who can forget the ancientness of the Passover meal that Jesus turned into the new and permanent covenant in his body and blood (Exodus 12; Matthew 26:26-29)?  And what about his forgiveness granted to his executers and the wrong doer on the cross (Luke 23:32-43)?  And the tenderness of Joseph, Nicodemus and the women as they served him in anointing and burying his corpse (John 19:38-42)? And the witness of the women at the empty tomb who get the first peak at the new future which we are all part of (Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-10; 20:1-2; 10-18)?  But here is another great one… a profound reminder and promise to feed our faith in the living Christ, reminding us this is not for this life only: 

‘If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are people most to be pitied.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died’  1 Corinthians 15:19-20.