1 Cor 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Our conversations have been filled the world’s tragedy and our personal anxiety. We drive down empty roads and pass empty shops. In a way we have not experienced in our lifetime, our whole world is aware of its mortality and fragility. What might Easter mean for such a time as this?
Paul writes in 1 Cor 15 through the resurrection of Jesus, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” The sting and power of death is defeated in the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ. This victory is fully seen when heaven comes to earth at the end of time. Then Paul says the “perishable will be clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.” But even before the end, this resurrection life has impact now. Paul encourages the believer to “let nothing move you”. We can work hard now because we know our labour matters, even into eternity.
Followers of Jesus have access to great confidence in any challenge for now and eternity. We know there is no power greater than Jesus. No sickness, no virus, no global downturn. Not even death. This sets us free to serve our Lord and our world, not with recklessness, but with presence and peace. And as people of the resurrection, we hope in our God who raises the dead to life. We pray God in his mercy might bring his resurrection power to bear on our stricken world.