Daily Devotions
 

For the next several weeks, as we observe the “Stewardship Season”, our daily devotions will be written by members of Good Shepherd.  I (Pastor Heidi) asked these folks to reflect on how the ministry of Good Shepherd impacts their life, whether through relationships they have, worship experiences or other meaningful ways our corporate life touches them.  As you read their powerful testimonies let your mind also explore how Good Shepherd’s ministry has touched YOUR life in meaningful ways.  How has your faith be deepened because of your church home?

Just a reminder that May 23rd is Stewardship Sunday and we are inviting you to return your Estimate of Giving card on that day when you come to worship.  You can also mail your form in, or fill it out on line.  Our goal as a congregation is to increase our giving by $1000 per week in the year ahead. Thank you.  Now enjoy today’s devotion.

Pastor Heidi Johns

 

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

by retired Pastor, Larry Donner

RESURRECTION

1 Corinthians 15.14-22 & 26

…and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ…The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

We are in the season of Easter. No, Easter is not merely a day in the Church’s way of thinking. It is a whole season – 50 days in length. We typically celebrate by filling church pews (or COVID-19 era online services) on Easter Sunday but then gleefully stay away from church the Sunday after Easter, referred to as “Low Sunday” by us cynics, because it tends to have the lowest attendance of any Sunday in the year! Perhaps that is why we always read the story of Thomas and his doubts on the Sunday after Easter. But that was yesterday’s devotional theme and I digress. Today, I want to talk about resurrection.

“If Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and our faith has been in vain,” writes Paul. In which case “…we are of all people most to be pitied.”

The resurrection of Jesus means everything! And everything is changed because of it! In a world so filled with death in “normal” times, let alone during a pandemic in which millions more than usual have died worldwide, the certain hope of resurrection we have through Christ is good news – glorious news! Easter is about resurrection! 

Those of you who know me and have heard me harp on this before won’t be surprised to hear it again. Others may be shocked just like I was when, in seminary, I first learned the biblical understanding of death and resurrection, causing me to be depressed for weeks because it made death more threatening than ever before. Here it is: Resurrection is not about dying and then our souls drifting off to some undisclosed heavenly realm while our bodies remain in a grave. That is the philosophy of Plato and means death is still victorious because our bodies remain dead. Resurrection is about the death of death! It is about being alive again in bodily form just as Jesus was; just as we proclaim in the Creed when we say “I believe…in the resurrection of the dead!

I could go on at length as I’m prone to do but I was instructed to keep my meditations to about 400 words and I’m already at 367! So, if you want to delve more into a Christian understanding of Resurrection, read N.T. Wright’s “Surprised by Hope.” It’s exhilarating!

For now, please remember that Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus, and the resurrection of Jesus is the prelude to our own resurrection – the bodily life we await when Jesus returns, God’s new creation is made manifest, and death – the last enemy – is destroyed!

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