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Resurrection Children

HEIDELBERG CATECHISM, LORD’S DAY 22

How does “the resurrection of the body” comfort you?

Not only my soul will be taken immediately after this life to Christ its head, but even my very flesh, raised by the power of Christ, will be reunited with my soul and made like Christ’s glorious body.

How does the article concerning “life everlasting” comfort you?

Even as I already now experience in my heart the beginning of eternal joy, so after this life I will have perfect blessedness such as no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no human heart has ever imagined: a blessedness in which to praise God eternally.

 

Resurrection Children

Sunday, May 21: 1 Corinthians 15:1-19

We are resurrection children. The Bible is abundantly clear that today, and every Sunday, we worship because Christ is risen from the dead. That’s right, we worship on the first day of the week because Christ rose from the grave on the first day of the week. The early Christians gathered to worship on Sunday, not because it was the Sabbath, but because on that day Jesus rose from the dead (Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:1, Luke 24:1, John 20:1). This tradition continued into the early Church (Acts 20:7, 1 Cor. 16:2) and Sunday eventually became known as the “Lord’s Day” (Revelation 1:10). The gospel of Christ’s death and resurrection is of “first importance” (1 Corinthians 15:3). Therefore, it is natural that Christians should assemble to worship on the first day of the week. Every Sunday we are privileged to celebrate the truth that the Father “has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade” (1 Peter 1:3-5). It is our joyful response to the gospel, the truth that through Jesus’ resurrection we have been saved from hell (Revelation 3:5, 20:11-15, 21:5-8)! Today, we are privileged to worship the Risen One, to fellowship with His resurrection children, and to stir hope in one another for that great day yet to come. If the Stanley Cup playoffs, Super Bowl Sunday, or the NCAA Final Four can stir our deepest emotions, how much more should He, whose resurrection has completely altered the course of history, command our worship attention so that we each may profess: “I already now experience in my heart the beginning of eternal joy” (cf. Hebrews 10:19-25)?

Pastor Calvin Hoogendoorn