In verses 35-58, Paul explains the benefits of resurrection.
In verses 29-32, Paul emphasizes that if there is no resurrection, then we may as well party and die.
In verses 20-28, we Paul writes that Christ’s resurrection defeated death.
Paul explains in verses 13-19 that if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, then Christians’ faith is worthless.
In verses 1-12, Paul lists the many people that saw Jesus after his resurrection.
In verses 50-58, we learn that life will ultimately win over death.
It doesn’t feel that way when people I love have died. But I know this promise is true.
The power of resurrection is its victory over the apparent finality of death.
In verses 40-49, we learn that our current bodies are perishable. That’s not news.
But when we are resurrected, our bodies will be eternal. Entropy and decay will no longer be unnegotiable realities.
What an encouragement, especially a day after jamming my hand into a brick wall!
Our resurrected bodies are no similar to our current bodies than a plant is to its seed.
An acorn is nothing compared to an oak tree.
We’re just acorns, for now.