I Corinthians 15 is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. It separates fact from fable and reminds us that everything rests on the death and resurrection of the God-man, Jesus Christ. This wasn’t something written on golden disks or told to one single prophet by an angel. The risen Christ appeared to Peter, then James, then all the apostles, then over 500 other witnesses. And what is the big deal? This God-man takes our sin, our death, our flesh, and dies with it, the holy paying for the unholy, the Christ paying for the sins of the world, even those of Paul, who persecuted the Church.
The resurrection was real. It is something we can have faith in, an event that has everlasting consequences for you and me.
The People That in Darkness Sat
- The people that in darkness sat
A glorious light have seen;
The light has shined on them who long
In shades of death have been,
In shades of death have been.
- To hail Thee, Sun of Righteousness,
The gath-’ring nations come;
They joy as when the reapers bear
Their harvest treasures home,
Their harvest treasures home.
- To us a Child of hope is born,
To us a Son is giv’n,
And on His shoulder ever rests
All pow’r in earth and heav’n,
All pow’r in earth and heav’n.
- His name shall be the Prince of Peace,
The Everlasting Lord,
The Wonderful, the Counselor.
The God by all adored,
The God by all adored.
- His righteous government and pow’r
Shall over all extend;
On judgment and on justice based,
His reign shall have no end,
His reign shall have no end.
- Lord Jesus, reign in us, we pray,
And make us Thine alone,
Who with the Father ever art
And Holy Spirit, one,
And Holy Spirit, one.