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Welcome to the start of Season 10, and what better way is there to begin?
We’re going to do a 5-part series discussing various parts of Easter.
The first two episodes are about the significance of the Resurrection in our Christian life. Then we’re going to take two episodes to deal with the confusion that often accompanies the crucifixion, and then we’re going to finish the study off by applying all of this to your individual families and how you can make this most cherished of celebrations more central in your home.
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Okay, let’s be honest, Easter often doesn’t quite resonate with us and our kids as much as Christmas does.
But could it be we just don’t don’t understand the significance?
At the beginning of Season 9, episode 224, we discussed that “Your Parenting Need Not Be in Vain,” and we looked at the very last part of I Corinthians 15, verse 58.
Well, that episode spurred a larger study for me, and I went back and picked apart the whole chapter, and then I preached it as a sermon at my local church. I also had the privilege recently of presenting a shortened version of the same material at a church in Illinois.
The point is, Paul’s miraculous proclamation that your parenting need not be in vain is rooted in a chapter long discussion concerning the main focus of Easter — the Resurrection.
In fact, it’s the longest biblical discussion concerning the Resurrection.
So, I’m going to take the next two episodes to work through I Corinthians 15 with you so that we can understand the significance of the Easter celebration, and then we can teach it to our children.
So, here we go! If you are able to pull out your Bible and follow along in I Corinthians 15, I encourage you to do that.
If not, don’t worry, I’ll be reading the verses and commenting as we go.
Also, I’m going to include my outline of the passage and my comments in our free Episode Notes at TruthLoveParent.com. You can click on the link below to be taken right to that.
Paul Reminds us of the Gospel.
Now, back to the text.
So, Paul starts by Reminding us of the Gospel
Then Paul transitions to Convincing us of the Resurrection.
Now, don’t stop listening because you think you know why the Resurrection is important. Let’s give God our attention, He wants to teach us something.
That questions leads us to the second main point of the passage. The Resurrection is so important that Paul continues the discussion by explaining the implications of the Resurrection.
Natasha Crain, “I'm working on a chapter for my next book that explains why the resurrection matters so much in Christianity. Many "progressive" churches today have turned the resurrection into a nice "symbolic" story about life-renewal. Ironically, however, many *atheists* realize the problem with these progressive interpretations, given what the Bible itself claims about the resurrection. Atheist best-selling author Christopher Hitchens once told a self-identified liberal Christian minister, ‘I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.’ If your pastor isn't preaching a physical resurrection, it should be a major warning sign about your church's theology.”
Transition: The Resurrection is more important than Christ’s birth. It’s more important than His death. The Resurrection is the central hook on which our salvation and future hope hangs.
The resurrection is what gives our faith life. It’s what empowers us to be changed.
I think we love Christmas so much for a number of reasons.
Anyway, my point is that when we look at the Bible, we find that so much more emphasis is put on the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. His birth was important and necessary, and I would argue that it’s definitely a fundamental of the faith, but without the Resurrection, nothing else matters. Everyone is born, everyone lives, and everyone dies. But only Christ defeated sin and death by dying and being raised back to life for the substitutionary atonement of mankind!
Does your family understand that the magnificent events we celebrate during Eastertide are the very hinge on which your faith hangs? Do they realize the significance of the Resurrection?
If not, I encourage you to invite them along on this study with us. My family and I will be listening to these episodes together because — I have to admit — my wife and I have not done as good a job as we should emphasizing the Resurrection over the birth.
I am a sucker for all things Christmas. I will listen to Christmas music all summer long. But I so often love the things that aren’t inherently biblical. I need to work to get my own mind rerooted in Scripture and develop new traditions for my family that emphasize the grandeur and glory of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord.
And I invite you to take your family on the same journey with us.
Okay, moving on . . . given the massive import of the Resurrection,
This is why Paul then moves to this second implication of the Resurrection.
But before we do that, please share this episode on social media. Wouldn’t it be awesome if more Christian families around the world appreciated and celebrated the Resurrection?
And we’re going to continue our considerations about the significance of the Resurrection next before we move into the confusion over the Crucifixion.
Okay, so what have we learned?
I encourage you to have your children listen in with us as we work through this study.
And I pray that as we get closer and closer to Easter Sunday, we will grow in a deeper appreciation and application of the Resurrection.
So, to that end, I’ll see you next time.
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