It’s the time of the year when we rehearse our faith about our Savior’s death and resurrection.

1 Cor 15:1
A. “I want to remind you...”
 -It is always good to be reminded. The Bible is the only material that we read over and over again. Its truths are so vast and spread out, that we need to be refreshed every now and then.

B. “...of the gospel I preached...”
 -The Apostle Paul wrote this letter/book. He was referring to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In this day and age, we need to identify which ‘gospel’ we are referring to.

1 Cor 15:2
C. “By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.”
 1. The “if-conditional.” It is possible to believe in Jesus wholeheartedly at first, then lose heart, and eventually believe in vain.

 2. God’s saving power works best with our participation, when we ‘hold firmly to the word’ - God’s Word. The Lord Jesus has done His part. We should do our part to take a stand and hold on firmly to what He said.

1 Cor 15:3
D. “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance...”
 -This is very important, the very foundations of our faith.

E. “...that Christ died...”
 - Jesus, being God the Son, had to go down to our level. He clothed himself with humanity, and suffered and died to save us. He died that we may live.

F. “...for our sins...”
 - We were the ones who sinned, not Him, and yet, He died for our sake.

G. “...according to the Scriptures...”
 - Our faith is not hearsay. Our knowledge does not come from a magazine. Our spiritual information is not based on some public figure on TV. We are rooted and grounded in the Holy Bible, the indisputable Word of God. Other text and writings may be interesting, but the Scriptures is the final authority.

1Cor 15:4
H. “...that he was buried...”
 1. Just like any other person who dies, the body of Jesus, too, was buried.

 2. What did Jesus do while His earthly body was buried in a cave?
  a. He did not go to hell to take some keys from the devil.
   - the devil is not in hell; he is not the ruler of hell.
   - hell is a place of torment reserved for the devil and his demons. (Mat 25:41)

  b. He performed His duty as High Priest and Sacrificial Lamb (Heb 9:11-28)
   - He sprinkled His own blood on the tabernacle in heaven.

 3. The ritual of slaying a lamb for atonement was completed and perfected by Jesus’ sacrifice, once and for all, and for all time.

I. “...that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...”
  1. Jesus’ body was not found in the tomb; He had risen.

  2. Death has no hold on Him, even on His earthly body.

  3. This is the defining moment: Jesus is Lord. There were a lot of good people who did a lot of good and life-changing things in their generation. They all died, and they all remained dead. Only One Person died and lived again. No matter how we venerate and deify those good people, they don’t come close to the reality of our Lord Jesus Christ. We don’t have a dead religion, we don’t pray to a dead person. Jesus is alive, and He powerfully affects our lives.

  4. Because of this, we can be the happiest/holiest people in the world during Holy Week. We have a reason to rejoice, a cause to shout His praises. Hallelujah!!!

1 Cor 15:5
J.“...and that he appeared to Peter...”
 1. Peter disowned Jesus 3 times. His sin was even far worse than Judas’, and yet the Lord reinstated him, and even gave him a special mention.

 2. We all make mistakes, we all trip and fall. But just like the Apostle Peter, we can still give God glory with our lives. We don’t have to stay down in the mud. Allow God to pick you up, clean you, dress you up, and put you on display as a testimony of His love and grace.

K. “...and then to the Twelve.”
 - God honors leadership. He restores His ministry team.

1 Cor 15:6
L. “After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time...”
 - The Lord Jesus appeared to 500 disciples at one time. 500 followers heard the instruction to wait for the Promise of the Father. The sad part is that only 120 stayed.

[to be updated]

Let us continue to wait on God. Let us stay true, even though others have left. Let us continue to hold firmly on the Word, even in solitude.

Reflection: Do you still feel sad during Holy Week?

*All Scriptures quoted in NIV.