Old Testament Lesson
We see here the Lord delivering His people. And notice how the Lord turns things around here. The ones who were slaves are now the ones the ones calling the shots. They leave, and they ask the Egyptians for their gold and sliver, and they give it over. The Lord has a way of turning things upside down. The slaves leave with the blessings of the Masters. The foolish are used to shame the wise. The cross is means of salvation. A child shall lead us. All these are Biblical concepts, and each of them does not make sense in the way that we are used to thinking
For God's ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. His ways and thoughts are higher than ours. We just have to trust in Him to do what He said He would do. He made a way for the Israelites and will make a way for us as well. If we just believe.
New Testament Lesson
1 Corinthians 15:12-28
As I told the congregation on Easter, that's the Super Bowl for us. Easter is what it is all about. It is what it all comes down to it. It is the point of our Faith. We are an Easter people. The empty grave is what makes us Christian. Without it, the cross is just a bloody sign of torture. Without it, evil, sin, death, and the grave have the last word. Without it, the hope that we now feel is in vain.
But, we know that the grave was empty. And we know that we have hope. And we know that the power of sin, death, and the grave have been defeated! And we know that we have reason to rejoice. So, let us rejoice today. Let us be thankful. For He is alive, and the grave is empty. Let us rejoice!
This is one of the more controversial passages in all the Bible. In fact, many of our Bibles have a note right above this passage saying that the earliest accounts of Mark didn't includes this passage. And, plus, it has some unusual stuff in there. So, shouldn't we just ignore it and move on to Luke?
I say no, because after all, it is still in there, and we can't just ignore something in there. So, what are we to make of it? Perhaps the fact that those that believe upon Christ have a power that others don't have. Or maybe something that others deal with, we dont' have to. What I mean by that is this: those that believe have no reason to be afraid. Fear should have no hold on us. For God has won, the victory is achieved, and nothing, not even the grave, can do us eternal harm. Now, in this moment on the earth, things will hurt, and things will sting.
But, in the end, in eternity, God has won. And we have the victory. What should we feel discouraged, why should we fear? For God has won!