Daily Hymn Project: Easter Edition. Week 2, 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

When Cabe and I sat down and thought about our hopes for V+B one goal was making resources for families, single persons, or groups of adults. Often this kind of thing revolves around a bible reading program, and while these things can be great, we've always thought about the challenge of getting words and prayers inside our bones and guts not just in our heads. The practice of singing hymns seemed like a great place to start.

So each month we'll take a hymn and provide a short bible study for each week. We figured there was no better time to start than with Easter, and the glorious news that Christ is risen. 

Sing "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" (Charles Wesley)

Christ the Lord is ris'n today alleluia
Sons of men and angels say alleluia
Raise your joys and triumphs high alleluia
Sing ye heavens and earth reply alleluia

Lives again our glorious King alleluia
Where O death is now thy sting alleluia
Dying once He all doth save alleluia
Where thy victory O grave alleluia

Love's redeeming work is done alleluia
Fought the fight the battle won alleluia
Death in vain forbids Him rise alleluia
Christ has opened paradise alleluia

Soar we now where Christ has led alleluia
Following our exalted Head alleluia
Made like Him like Him we rise alleluia
Ours the cross the grave the skies alleluia

Vain the stone the watch the seal alleluia
Christ hath burst the gates of hell alleluia
Death in vain forbids His rise alleluia
Christ hath opened paradise alleluia

Read 1 Corinthians 15:50–58

“I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 

“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?” 

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Cor 15:50–58 NIV11-GK)

Devotional

The world we live in has a major problem: everything decays. When things are left to themselves, they don't get better, they get worse. Teeth left unbrushed get weaker and weaker, mountains are worn down by wind and water, and your knees and heart and bones diminish as the decades take their toll. The best, most interesting things our world has to offer - living beings like you and me - all sooner or later deteriorate, rot, and decay. The apostle Paul sums up the problem with a pointed question in his letter to the Romans: Who will save us from this body of death?

Last week, on Easter Sunday, we learned the answer to this question: God, at work in Jesus Christ, saves us from death and decay! That's what Resurrection is all about. Paul makes this point in an explosive way in 1 Corinthians 15. Because of Jesus, we are no longer perishable!

Group with Adults

Knowing that because of Jesus' resurrection the powers of death have been extinguished, what's one way you can help repair our world that is caught in decay?

Group with Kids

What is something broken in your life, house, community, or world, that you can help fix?