Based on: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Have you ever visited any of the famous grave sites of the world? The Taj Mahal is the resting place of a Muslim ruler and his wife. The Pyramids contained Kings of Egypt. Westminster Abbey in London holds the bodies of English nobles. Mohammed’s tomb is visited often because of its stone coffin and the bones which it contains. Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C., is the honored resting place of many brave Americans.
But today we visit in spirit a grave site that is different than all these. As we view the garden tomb we see a grave site that is famous, not because of the person who is buried there, but famous and important precisely because of the one who is NOT buried there. This garden tomb is empty.
Based On: 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 12-27
Have you ever stopped to think about how marvelous God’s creation is? I am baffled that some people can actually think that all of the wonderful things in this world came about by chance, through evolution. Just watch this! (Take out a pen and hold it in a hand as if to write with it.) Now isn’t that amazing? Do you know what just happened? There are 22 muscles in the hand and they all worked together along with all the bones, ligaments, skin, and other parts of the hand – simply to hold a pen.
It is amazing when you begin to understand how each part of the hand has its own job to do. Each part of the hand is important. Each part of the hand works with all the other parts and when all the parts work together, the hand can do some pretty amazing things.
Based on: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
You can understand why they feel this way, can’t you—the people to whom Paul is writing, the people at Corinth? Can’t you identify with their fears and doubts?
There were many people in Corinth who had trouble with the whole idea of resurrection. Not just with Jesus’ resurrection, but with resurrections generally. “Dead people just don’t come back to life again,” they might say. “When you’re dead, you’re dead–and that’s it! We might wish for someone to come back to life, but it just doesn’t happen.”
Based on: 1 Corinthians 1:22-25
A man picked up a brick from one corner of a busy intersection in New York City. He walked to another corner, set the brick down and picked up a different brick. He carried this brick to the next corner of the same intersection, set it down and picked up another brick. He repeated this process for an hour, moving the same bricks around the same four corners of the intersection. It seems silly, doesn’t it – pretty foolish. But to the marketing master mind of the 19th century, P.T. Barnum, it was a stroke of genius. He paid a man to do this very thing and then, after an hour, walk into his museum. And when that man walked into the museum a crowd of paying customers followed him in. Now carrying bricks around an intersection doesn’t seem as foolish does it?
Based on: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
Our second lesson for today came from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, and in this lesson we see that the goal of faithful preaching is to reveal Christ and to reveal the cross of Christ. In this lesson we also see that as we reveal the cross of Christ we build unity. The theme of division verses unity in this lesson is very strong, and even though we will celebrate Unity Sunday in just two weeks, today we will look at what this portion of God’s Word has to say to us about that topic and then we will come back in two weeks and visit it again.
Based on: 1 Corinthians 15:50-57
As we look back on her life let’s consider some of the victories in her life, some of those good things that happen to her, some little and some big. Of course she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and so every time she could have her family gather together, especially at Christmas time, that was a victory. Her victories also included things such as a winning scratch off lottery ticket or being able to drive her black Cadillac. And we could certainly include among those victories in her life, among those good things that happened to her, meeting and marrying her husband. Another victory is that she found out he could cook, she only wished she had found out even earlier.
Based on: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
What is love? People ask that question. They meet someone special and they ask, “Is this love?” Or perhaps someone says to you, “I love you.” How do you know? Are those just words or do they truly love you? Yes, this question is asked over and over again. What is love?
Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body . . . . Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:14-20, 27)
Just imagine what it would be like if you had three eyes but no nose, or what if you had five ears but no mouth. Besides looking rather strange you would perhaps see flowers very well but not be able to enjoy their smell, or hear a train coming but not be able to warn anyone! How important it is to have all the parts of our body just the way they are as Paul describes in the verses above. God has arranged the parts of our body in just the right way so that there is the perfect balance between the five senses, arms, legs, and the rest of the body.