The amazing story of Easter is that around 2000 years ago a man died in agony on a cross – but that he was there willingly, it was part of God’s plans and purposes, it was in that death that he was going to defeat sin and suffering and evil and death itself.
And as a demonstration of doing that – totally successfully – he was powerfully restored to life and is alive today.
And these are not just to be recognised as facts but as events that change people’s lives today.
How are we going to respond to Jesus – the one who did all of this for us?
Readings: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 and Revelation 5:1-10
Questions to think about:
The vital importance of the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:12-20)
- In Paul’s day, just is in our day, there were people understandably struggling with the idea of people coming back to life. Why do you think he is so insistent on the actual, historical resurrection of Jesus?
- What significance does the resurrection of Jesus have to you?
- How would you discuss the resurrection with someone who didn’t believe in it? How would you engage with them?
The Victory of Jesus (Revelation 5:1-10)
- Jesus is recognised as the conquering sacrifice? What do you think about these images? Are they helpful, do you struggle with them?
- How – from this passage – would you describe the significance of the death of Jesus?
- What does it mean for you to be part of a “kingdom and priests to serve our God” and people who “will reign on the earth” (v10)?