Readings for the Resurrection of our Lord – Easter Sunday
Isaiah 65:17-25; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Luke 24:1-12
It is no exaggeration to say that Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is the most important event in human history. By his rising, Jesus has broken the stranglehold that sin and death had on all creation ever since Adam’s fall. News that good is bound to be met with skepticism by human beings so accustomed to a world of broken promises. This is as true today as it was 2,000 years ago.
The women who first discovered Jesus’ empty tomb were shocked and frightened. The men with whom they shared the news dismissed it as wishful (or delusional?) thinking. It would take time -with Jesus himself and with his word – for faith to sink in (Lk 24).
The apostle Paul addressed similar doubts many years later in writing to the Corinthians. In the epistle lesson, he explains how Christ’s resurrection is essential to our salvation, and God’s answer to a problem that started back in the Garden of Eden (1Cor15).
Speaking of gardens, the prophet Isaiah’s vision of the resurrection age describes an idyllic new creation where all conflict (even among animals!) has been resolved, and all people live long lives of happy labor and a peace-filled existence. This is no dream! This is our certain future! (Is 65)