I want to remind you…

1 Corinthians 15:1-11, “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.  Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.  For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain.  On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.  Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.”

As Paul reminds his readers of the Gospel, (the Good News about the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ), we reflect and remember again this week what God has done for His people.  Each Lord’s Day is a reminder that Christ has risen from the dead.  Each Lord’s Supper is a visible picture for us to remember our Lord’s death until He comes again.

Even those outside of the visible church cannot help but pause in December and in the spring because Jesus came.  Many may not realize why, or even acknowledge who it is they should be worshipping.  But because Jesus came, the world is a different place.  We have hope.  We have forgiveness in Christ.  May we encourage others and take advantage of the fact that those around us realize something significant happened in the past.  May God give us the opportunity to invite a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor to worship with us this upcoming Lord’s Day.  And let us not do it merely because the word Easter is on a calendar date, but let’s invite him the next week and the week after as well.