April 5, 2015 Sunday School Commentary
Highlighted Text – 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 20-22
Key verse- For as in Adam, all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22).
Last night, was a reminder of the greatest and most significant battle and the heaviest barrier we will ever encounter in our life. The good news is we won and didn’t even have to fight. If you woke up this morning not feeling victorious because of the current issues in your life, you should be encouraged by today’s lesson.
Resurrection Clarified (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4)
The apostle Paul had already dealt with a number of relative issues the Corinthian church were dealing with prior to today’s highlighted text. But when he discovered that some did not believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, he knew this was the most serious and pertinent issue that needed to be addressed. Paul reminds them that the resurrection is a part of the Gospel, the Good News that they claimed to believe. It is the same Gospel that he has been preaching to them. Paul reiterates to them the purpose of the Christian faith; that we all have sinned and therefore needed saving and Jesus Christ is our savior who was sacrificed for the atonement of our sins and “It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you- unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place” (15:2, NLT).
Point to Ponder: Do you doubt the resurrection of Jesus Christ?
Resurrection Witnessed ( 1 Corinthians 15:5-11)
To confirm an event, incident or even accident has occurred, a witness is needed. God knew that in the case of his awesome sacrifice we too would need eye witnesses. Paul reminds those in doubt within the church that there was not just one witness to the resurrection, but many. The Twelve Disciples, including Peter and James, saw the resurrected Jesus. Mary Magdalene saw the resurrected Jesus. More than 500 of Jesus’ followers witnessed his resurrection. And even Paul himself, the one who once persecuted Christians, saw the resurrected Jesus. This experience allowed Paul who was spiritually dead, to be made alive and go from being the persecutor to the persecuted. Paul was willing to witness about the Good News because he had witnessed the goodness of God.
Point to Ponder: What major or miraculous events that you have witnessed God do that you need to be reminded of today?
Resurrection Guaranteed (1 Corinthians 15:20-22)
In Paul’s closing arguments, he validates his case for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He tells the church that Jesus indeed died and was raised from the dead. He gives them the opposite perspective to really consider since they apparently ‘believe’ in the Gospel and not the resurrection. Paul leaves the thoughts to ponder that if Jesus did not truly die and was not resurrected that we all remain in our sins, still condemned and our faith would be useless. Then what would be the significance of Jesus’ ministry on earth? They can’t forget all the works that Jesus performed while on earth. If he did those things, why is it so hard to believe that he did what he said he would do; conquer death? Paul compares how Adam brought death on us all, that Jesus gave us all eternal life. No matter how much the enemy wants to dilute his own defeat, Jesus has already conquered death. He is victorious; therefore, we are victorious. His resurrection is guaranteed; therefore, our resurrection is guaranteed. We are spiritually alive forever and always!
Point to Ponder: Regardless of the situations you are in, are you walking in victory today?
Remember what God has done in your life; the things you have witnessed. Remember all the sins you have committed in your life time; and how God has forgiven you and saved you. Remember that you are more than a conqueror; therefore, you will get through whatever you are in right now. You have a guaranteed VICTORY!
Commentary by, Evangelist Shulanda Hastings
Lesson guide, Direction Urban Ministries