Yesterday, I preached for the 26th consecutive Easter Sunday. I preached on the subject of “Death, Where is Your Victory” from 1 Corinthians 15. Preaching is both exhilarating and exhausting for me at the same time. Yesterday was no different. I am exhilarated by the subject. I am exhausted because we can never mine the depths of all that the resurrection means, and so I know I didn’t do this subject the justice it deserves. And now, I must turn my attention to next Sunday.
I am preparing now for a funeral later this week and just got off the phone with another family dealing with end of life matters.
These conversations are different because of Easter. We don’t just go on about our business after Easter. Every day is a reminder of our need for Jesus’ resounding defeat over death, the Devil, and sin.
In case you are in need of an “After Easter” message, consider the four points I attempted to make yesterday.
Jesus’ resurrection is the most important Christian doctrine.
Your response to Jesus’ resurrection is life’s most important decision.
Jesus’ resurrection and your response is the most important rebuttal to death.
Jesus’ resurrection and your response is the most important encouragement to daily living.
(This post is based on the message “Where, Death, is Your Victory?” which you can watch at fbclaf.org/video)