But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death...that God may be all in all. I Corinthians 15:20-26, 28b
It is fact. Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead and has destroyed death. Our lives and hopes depend on that fact. Darkness has been destroyed. Light has dawned forever.
Ponder: Everything comes in order. Adam sinned and died. All his descendants sin and die. Christ, the Sinless One, dies and is raised to life. All who believe in Him will be raised to life. Every evil authority will be defeated. Death will die. Then Jesus Christ will deliver the kingdom to God the Father.
Praise: Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead. God is all in all.
Photographer: Heather Metcalf, "Lenten Rose" Botanical name Hellebore. Ponder the significance that Jesus bore hell for us.
It was at Rivendell the hobbits think through the vocation they have been given, carefully working out the who and what and where of the odyssey that will be theirs. But integral to all that they were, and to all that they would need to be, was the table at Rivendell, a place for the best conversations and the best food and the best drink — simply said, a wonder of wonders." Steve Garber
The never-ending hope of Easter, Writer Andrew Shaughnessy shares reflections on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and why hope and beauty matter. "We hope because we know a day is coming when, to paraphrase Sam in The Lord of the Rings, “everything sad will come untrue,” when our Creator King will dry every tear and bind up the broken hearts and restore the sundered cities and turn the world upside down."