Pastoral Letter April 2013

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive

– 1 Corinthians 15.22

 

Dear Friends,

This letteris issued on ‘Easter Sunday’, which for many Christians seems to be a more special day than the other 51 in the year. Of course, we have no basis for thinking like this. The Lord Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week — and so we should celebrate His resurrection every Lord’s Day. Even so, in our culture we have the opportunity to draw attention to Christ’s death and resurrection especially at this time, and we do seek to take every opportunity for the gospel which comes our way!

Our text is set in a passage where Paul is writing to the Corinthians about the Resurrection, and he has shown how without it, Christians actually have no hope and no message to proclaim … ‘But now’ he says, dramatically, ‘Christ is Risen’.

The human race is in the grip of death. We have a fear of death, a great urge to avoid or at least delay it — and yet none of us can escape it. Even the greatest of men with the most vast resources still die.

That is what the Bible tells us here in our text — ‘In Adam, all die’. Death is the consequence of Adam’s fall into sin. Are there four more miserable words in all the Bible? What a final death sentence! But of course, there is more. The gospel tells us that God’s purposes for man were not frustrated by our sin. There is a ‘Second Adam’ who has come to reverse the damage caused by the first.

‘In Christ all shall be made alive’ — what wonderful words! In fact, Paul is presenting to us eternal life — which is just as sure and certain as death itself! There’s an old saying which runs along these lines: ‘nothing in life is certain except death (and taxes)’. The truth, for those who believe in Christ, is rather different. If you trust in Him, then nothing in your existence is certain except eternal life!

I think that this single certainty is all that we need, don’t you?

He is Risen. Happy Easter!

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