Today is Valentine’s day. The purpose of this holiday is to appreciate the shape of hearts, the color pink along with purchasing flowers, candy and cards to stimulate our economy. I just feel good about being a part of something so significant. A few of you are probably thinking how blessed Barb is to be the wife of such a romantic guy right now.
Here is another scenario. I notice the gas light come on as I am driving to an out of town meeting, so I promptly pull into the closest Holiday Gas Station. I immediately check the oil and wash the windows. I notice the front passenger side tire is low. I fill it to 35 psi, so all is good with that. I go in and grab a cup of dark roast coffee and a banana for breakfast. I’m all set now, so I hop back in the car and head off to my meeting in Fergus Falls. All is going well for the first 30 miles but then suddenly the car starts sputtering. What could possibly be wrong? I put air in that tire after all!
Right about now you are probably wondering, what in the world is with this guy? How could he be so slow and clueless to miss the main point? Most of us can relate to a time or two in our lives where we look back and wonder how we could have missed the thing that mattered most. We can remember a time we were distracted and completely missed the thing that should have been focused upon. This isn’t such a big deal in many areas of our lives, but then there are those things that are so essential that everything will be “out of whack” if we don’t have it in its proper place.
The Apostle Paul directs us to one of these areas if we are going to be a follower of Jesus. We can appreciate that Jesus was the greatest teacher that ever lived and that he performed some awesome miracles. Along with that, we can appreciate how much he cared for people and confronted injustice. This would all be worth our time to notice, but if this was all we saw in Jesus, we would have missed the main point. Paul wants to make sure Jesus is understood in all His glory.
Our text for this Sunday’s message comes from I Corinthians 15. We will be looking at the first 20 verses of the chapter. Paul wants to make sure that the church in Corinth and Oak Hill understand the most significant thing about Jesus.
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…
13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain…. 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
Here is the bottom line. The main thing about Jesus is that He rose again after being dead. This means that Jesus is more powerful than death and that it has no power over Him. That is something to be amazed by, but it is even better than that. Jesus made very clear - His life, death and resurrection were for us. He conquered all sin and death! This means that His invitation to you today is to follow Him all the way into the grave and then out the other side into eternal life.
The main point of Jesus then is to follow Him in all the days of your life, until you breathe your last breath. Then keep following Him on the other side of the grave. Because of Jesus, you have nothing to fear!
Let’s live in Jesus’ main point,
Pastor Nick Mundis