The Resurrection

Some of us remember the old songs that used to be popular in church:

  • This World is not My Home (“My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue”)
  • Won’t it be Wonderful There (“When with the Savior we enter the glory land”)
  • Mansions Over The Hilltop (“I’m satisfied with just a cottage below; a little silver and a little gold”)
  • By and By (“Trials dark on every hand and we cannot understand all the ways that God will lead us to that blessed promised land.”)

Most of these songs were written when life was hard and people looked forward to a “land of rest” when all of God’s promises would come to fulfillment. Among African-Americans the spirituals had a similar theme such as this once familiar song, “I am a poor wayfaring stranger, a traveling through the world of woe.”

As life became easier we stopping writing and singing these songs. Instead of thinking about Jesus’ return, the end of time, resurrection, judgment, and eternity; we began to talk more about the blessings God has for us in this life. Christian bookstores are full of guides teaching us how to enjoy all the blessings of God right now. The epitome of this emphasis has become what is called the “Prosperity Gospel” or the “Gospel of Health and Wealth” which teaches that God wants to bless all of his children with health and wealth in this life.

Reading 1 Corinthians 15 in light of this emphasis seems strange indeed. For Paul, this world is messed up and needs more than a make over. It needs a complete purging. The world is held captive to sin and is ruled by death. Jesus’ resurrection truly was the beginning of the End. We are living in the “last days” and the earth as we know it is passing away. We must resist the temptation to live as though this is our home. We are all here on assignment but our home is somewhere else. Resurrection means we are to live this life in preparation for the life to come.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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3 Responses to “The Resurrection”

  1. avatar Jeremy says:

    Creation itself is groaning for redemption, for renewal, for resurrection. Why shouldn’t we?
    While I believe that the Gospel is just that, Good News to a creation that lives and breathes on this earth, I also agree that this feel good, ATM God that is presented now is a far cry from the one Jesus, Paul, and John preached or wrote about.
    On a slightly different note, is there some incentive economy involved in leaving blog comments?

  2. avatar Byron says:

    “Incentive economy”? In an effort to help develop the spiritual lives of our teenagers it is possible they may receive a small token of appreciation when they comment on the blog. This will continue until I run out of left over Halloween candy.

  3. Brian and Brad here….1st Corinthians 15….the coolest chapter in the whole Bible. Everything is there…redeemed souls in their redeemed bodies. Everything re-created, Shekinah reflecting off of everyone (had to get that in somewhere). We both miss your sermons. Being together is cool. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.