1 Corinthians 15 is known as the “Great Resurrection Chapter.” The Apostle Paul gives a deep and insightful look at what the resurrection of Jesus means for our faith. We often focus on the resurrection as our assurance of life after death, but Paul reveals that the resurrection is our assurance that Christ has defeated the power of sin once and for all. In these verses Paul draws a comparison between Adam and Christ. Through the Fall, Adam brought the curse of sin into the lives of all people. This hereditary sin cursed all mankind to suffer the ravages of death and the anger of God. On our own, we could do nothing to free ourselves from the curse. God in his love sent Jesus Christ to suffer and die in our place and make full atonement for all of our sins.

The resurrection of Jesus is a clear and visible sign that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice as full and complete payment for our sins. Because of his death and resurrection, we know with complete confidence that our sins have been forgiven. The resurrection also assures us that death is not the end, but only the beginning for Christians. Just as God raised Christ victorious from the grave, he will also raise us on the Last Day, and we will be gathered with all believers into the eternal bliss of heaven. So, rejoice this Easter season! The sacrifice of Christ has completely paid for all your sins and removed the stain of original sin. We are free from the curse of sin and death and look forward to that Last Day when our risen Lord will return in glory!

1 Corinthians 15:20-22 "But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive." (NIV)

 

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