It’s a simple question, “How are you?” with many forms:
“How’s it going?”
“How ya doin’?”
“How are things?”
These questions have become a pleasant formality, a nicety, rather than a serious question.
And the polite response is “Fine.”
The pleasantries complete, we move along having just completed our relational duty.
But we’re not fine. Things are not good. Behind the “fine” is another world. Sure, some parts of our life are fine and good, but there are other parts also. Do any of the words up there behind the “Fine.” describe your life?
How have you been feeling lately? Defeated? Maybe depressed?
Our current global situation doesn’t help matters much, does it?
- Global Warming
- Race Riots
The world doesn’t seem like a very welcoming place sometimes. Where is the love, y’all?
But maybe your concerns are closer to home. A broken relationship, mountains of bills, a struggle with a vice.
Do you feel defeated? Maybe not 100% all the time. But do you have moments where you feel somewhat defeated? Do those moments happen more often than you’d like?
Do you sense that something is not right?
In 1st Corinthians 15, Paul has walked the Corinthians through a methodical teaching about resurrection. There were some people who were teaching that resurrection was not possible. As we have seen over the last three weeks, if resurrection is not possible, then Christian faith is meaningless. But Paul affirms in many ways that resurrection is not only vital, but also that Jesus’ resurrection really did happen. Furthermore, he says that one day we too will be resurrected to new life.
Paul says the resurrection matters. But does it matter just after death?
Or might it also matter now? Maybe it should matter now? How could it matter to us, people who sometimes struggle in this life, people who long for that new resurrection life now?
This week we look at 1st Corinthians 15:51-57 as we hear what Paul has to say about this. We hope you’ll considering joining us at Faith Church on Sunday! There is hope for those of who are not feeling fine!