Today’s keyword is Easter.
17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins…
20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
I Corinthians 15:17, 20
I remember it like if it were yesterday: I was scheduled to be operated on my tongue cancer in Milan the week after Easter.
Providentially, that Easter I was also called on to preach. I don’t remember what exactly I said, but I remember the text I preached on, and I remember the feeling that if for some reason I was no longer able to preach again, I was happy that it was this message that would be my last one: Our hope is based on the absolute certainty of Christ’s resurrection!
Incidentally, on my way home from church I heard a song on Radio Luce about Easter that kept repeating: “If this is true, this changes EVERYTHING!”
Praise God, that Christ has changed everything!
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
I Corinthians 15:55
Lockdown will not change what Christ has done and what his resurrection guarantees!
Last year for Easter we weren’t able to leave our homes. This year we gather together, even with the unpleasantness of masks, social distancing and inability to have a choir or worship team.
Yet the most important thing is that Christ is proclaimed! And praise God we are together to sing his praises!
To quote the old saying: No Jesus: No hope. Know Jesus, Know Hope!
May God remind you this Easter of the power and the hope and the blessing of our Savior!
We look forward to seeing you next week! Buona Pasqua!