Blessed Resurrection Celebration!
“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” I Corinthians 15:19-20.
The Apostle proclaimed “Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture, that he was buried, that he was raised the third day, according to the Scriptures,…” He said this was the Gospel and was of highest importance! (I Corinthians 15:3-4.)
This is the faith for which Hillcrest was founded, thousands have sacrificed, and students have come. It has been taught because it is of “first importance.” It is the central teaching of our Christian faith, but it is also most important in our daily affections and choices.
To the Colossians (2:20, 3:1), Paul wrote “Since you died with Christ…” and “Since you have been raised with Christ…” Since we died with Christ, the messages and expectations of natural philosophies (worldviews) have nothing for us. They lack power for changing our lives and they offer no eternal hope.
Since we were raised with Christ, we are invited to focus on our future with Christ. In the words of the Gospel Song, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, “and the things of this world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
I sense that many members of the Class of 2017 are beginning to see the present and eternal blessings of Christ’s, and their own, death and resurrection! May we also!