Resurrection Sunday

Matthew 28:1–8, 1 Corinthians 15:12–23

HE IS RISEN!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great , he has n us new birth into a living hope through the of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” 1 Peter 1:3–4

The cross is the threshold between the fallen and the Kingdom . Once we have accepted all that comes with the cross, we step across the threshold. In many ways, we are now in a long state of ing, yet…He is Risen!

We have the ending. We know the ending. Yet, we .

The between crossing the threshold and our own experience can be mere moments (e.g., bed salvation) or a really long time (e.g., a child’s salvation until they die). It is not just this day and age that looks at this as a very long time. When Paul was writing, they were expecting the end to come soon. Much of what Paul wrote was with the (short) end in mind. There was soon a need to revise their expectations.

Today we still have people who claim the end of the world and Christ’s is imminent. To God, it is imminent. It is just that God’s time frame is a bit longer than ours. Just like in simpler things (jobs, children, saving), we can get a bit impatient. Many people’s bodies and ts hurt to such a degree that they would accelerate Christ’s . Yet, to do so is to deny our responsibility in the ing.
We are called to walk with the world. They are ing, too. They are just not aware of what they are ing for. Just as we get impatient with ing, so do they. The difference is the power of Christ in us. The power and hope of the may often be the only things that differentiate us from others. The power and hope of the may be the only thing that can keep us patient and maintain a poive outlook in this . The power and hope of the call to those who , but know not what they are ing for.

1) Does the really affect how you view this and the lives of others? If so, how? If not, should it?

2) For the last few generations, the has used the stick of Hell and the carrot of to call people into a with Christ. How does this work with and against the power and hope of the Resurrection?

3) Why is it important to understand that Kingdom is now, rather than past or future? How does the Resurrection empower the Kingdom ?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.