Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By God’s great mercy we are given new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.
Praise, honor, glory, and power to the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever! Jesus was handed over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
Then what can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or hardship? Can persecution, hunger, nakedness, peril, or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Christ, who loved us. For we are convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor powers, nor heights, nor depths, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, it is for the Lord that we live and if we die, it is for the Lord that we die.
So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord, for Christ died, rose from death, and lives again in order to be Lord of the living and of the dead.
We do not want you to be in any doubt about those who have died, or to grieve over them as others do who have no hope.
For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died.
What we are saying, brothers and sisters, is this: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
Nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
What is sown as perishable?
Is raised imperishable.
What is sown in dishonor?
Is raised in glory.
What is sown in weakness?
Is raised in power.
What is sown a physical body?
Is raised a spiritual body.
Then the saying that is written will be fulfilled. Death has been swallowed up in victory. Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are of the earth.
For we have died, and our lives are hidden with Christ in God.
God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant.
Make us complete in everything good so that we may do your will, working among us all that is pleasing in your sigh through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever.
Watchword for the Week
Why do you look for the living among the dead? Jesus is not here, but has risen
Watchword for Today
When David’s time to die drew near, he charged his son Solomon, saying: “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong and keep the charge of the Lord your God.”
1 Kings 2: 1-2, 3
Jesus, the risen Lord said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
Prayer for Today
Glorious God! You revealed the emptiness of the tomb to all of the created order. Alleluia! We rejoice in the precious and holy gift of your presence forever and ever through our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen