Great Plains Daily Devotional for 2/18/19

Today please be in prayer for

Lawrence: First UMC
Five Rivers District
Linwood UMC
Five Rivers District
Louisburg UMC
Five Rivers District
Louisburg UMC
Flint Hills District

Today's Lectionary Text

1 Corinthians 15:20-23 

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.

Today's Devotional

One of the hymns I grew up loving and still do love it is, “Up from the Grave He Arose.” Robert Lowry wrote the words and music in 1874. (United Methodist Hymnal 1989)
Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior, waiting the coming of the day, Jesus my Lord! Up from the grave he arose, (he arose) with a mighty triumph o’er his (o’er his foes) he arose q victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever, with his saints to reign. He arose! (he arose) He arose! (he arose) Hallelujah! Christ arose!
Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior, vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!  Up from the grave he arose, (he arose) with a mighty triumph o’er his (o’er his foes) he arose q victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever, with his saints to reign. He arose! (he arose) He arose! (he arose) Hallelujah! Christ arose!
Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior, he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!    Up from the grave he arose, (he arose) with a mighty triumph o’er his (o’er his foes) he arose q victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever, with his saints to reign. He arose! (he arose) He arose! (he arose) Hallelujah! Christ arose!     
                   
Yes, I know it is a few weeks before Easter but these are the scriptures in the lectionary for this time of the year. Yes, I know this coming Sunday is the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany. So, I asked myself, self why should I think of the resurrection of Jesus only during the seven weeks of Easter? To be perfectly honest with you my friends, I cannot come with a reason not to think about and honor our Savior for his coming back to life at any time of the year.
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15: 20-23 (NRSV) 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. 21 For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; 22 for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 
The resurrection of Christ Jesus our Lord is a down-payment on our resurrection yet to come. I love this 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians because it is a treatise on the fact of the resurrection. He sees the resurrection as the impervious verification of our life after death.
Jesus came to earth as human being, teaching that the Kingdom of God was at hand. His message was one of love. His example has been the guiding light for the Church of Jesus Christ. There have been times, when we have failed to live-up to his example, but that doesn’t mean we are to stop trying to live-up to his calling.
We should never forget the words of Paul form 1 Corinthians 13: 13, So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (RSV) Resurrection and love, what better gifts for the Church to bring to a dyeing world and a hate motivated people. Thank you, Jesus, for bring these gifts to us a sinful people in need of your grace and healing.
                -- Rev. Dennis “Buck” Linton-Hendrick                         
Harvard-Inland-Trumbull (Nebraska) UMCs  

Prayer for Reflection

God of Love and Mercy, create within us new and loving hearts. As Saint John wrote in 1 John 1: 8 & 9 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (RSV)  In the name of our loving Savior we pray. Amen
 

 

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