Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” – I Corinthians 15:20-22
It is said that campaigning for president is very different from being president. On the campaign trail you can make all kinds of promises. That’s easy. But when you become president you discover that keeping those promises is very different from making those promises. In the debates you hear candidates say things like, “When I am president, there will be fewer taxes and more jobs. We will have a stronger military and a stronger economy.” Even while the candidate is making these promises most Americans are skeptical that he will keep them.
Wouldn’t it be something if, during a debate, one of the candidates said, “Fewer taxes and more jobs would be nice. A stronger military and economy are fine. But when I am president, if you happen to die I promise that by the end of my first term I will raise you back to life and you will never die again.”
Let our laughter at such a suggestion serve as an indicator of how amazing the claims about Christ our King are. In I Corinthians 15 the apostle Paul writes, “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” That is how great our King is! He conquered death!
Presidential candidates often like to talk about their past achievements, “I balanced the budget in my state when I was governor.” “I led the way for welfare reform when I was in congress.” How about, “I conquered death when I rose from the dead three days after being crucified?” Only our King would make such a claim. Only our King COULD make such a claim because only Christ our King has conquered death.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for being my king. Thank you that as my king you defeated my greatest enemy when you defeated death. Comfort me with this truth when my days are difficult and sustain me until you take me to your kingdom where my days will be endless. Amen.