A devotion based on 1 Corinthians 15.1-58

I have been married with my wife for more than five years. But yet, I still remember the struggles of preparing an Indonesian style wedding – if you know what I mean. We spent more than six months to prepare everything from venue, music, catering, decoration, invitation list, and many other things. Just remembering those things makes me tired.

One of the most important fact that my wife and I found at those period of time is that the wedding became more important than the marriage itself. We were so busy preparing the wedding reception, and neglecting the more important aspect we should develop, the relationship itself. The wedding is only last for one day, but the marriage lasts a lifetime. We realized at that time that we need to also focus in building our relationship.

What does marriage has to do with the passage we read today?

Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church: If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. (vv. 13-14)

The resurrection of Christ is one if not the most important foundation of Christianity. Paul said that our faith is useless if Christ has not been raised.

But unfortunately, many Christians and churches don’t take this seriously. Many preachers have watered down this truth and talk more about motivational and inspirational messages. Music, buildings, lighting, programs, become more important than the main message of Christianity, the resurrection of Christ.

As a church, as parents, as Christians, let us not forget the main thing. The foundation of our faith is the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We need to pass it on to the next generation. This generation need to know that Christianity is not just about the music, programs, or motivational inspiration. Christianity is about God almighty who emptied himself to be a human. He died a painful death. And he rose again, so whoever believes in him shall not perish but will have eternal life. And because Christ has been resurrected, we know we too will be resurrected someday. That’s God’s promise. Let this promise be the center of our life as a Christian.