April 21, 2009: Alive
Text for Sunday, April 21, 2019:
I Corinthians 15:19-26
PReparation for worship
“Great was the work of creation, but greater was the work of redemption.
Great wisdom was seen in making us,—but more miraculous wisdom in saving us.
Great power was seen in bringing us out of nothing, but greater power in helping us when we were worse than nothing.
In the creation, God gave us ourselves; in the redemption, He gave us Himself.
By creation, we have a life in Adam; by redemption, we have a life in Christ.
By creation, we had a right to an earthly paradise; by redemption, we have a title to a heavenly kingdom.”
– Thomas Watson
“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
This life is not all that there is. So you and I must live with a mentality that we are not created just for this life, but that our eyes are set on our destiny.
You can’t absorb personal suffering and societal brokenness without remembering that God is not satisfied with the world as it is. The Creator—who made this world and rules everything in it and who is the definition of goodness, wisdom, love, and truth—has promised to one day make all things new.
The resurrection of Jesus is the beginning of the harvest that God will one day bring about.