Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:58
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."
In the above scripture, notice the first word. The first word is "Therefore." Now, notice the number of the verse. Yes, it is verse 58. That simply means that something has been said in the other 57 verses that came before this last verse that summarized what Paul wanted the Corinthians and us to know.
So, what was Paul's teaching in I Corinthians 15?
In the first 11 verses Paul proves the resurrection of Christ from the dead. The rest of the chapter stresses the resurrection for the Christian. Then, in the final verses, Paul gives assurance of the resurrection of the body which should comfort us when the death of a loved one occurs. Paul explains that through the power of Christ "Death is swallowed up in victory." Paul asks, "O death where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory?" The good news is that we don't have to worry about death because death has now been conquered by the victory of Christ.
In view of the great teaching Paul has done, he closes this chapter with an exhortation to be steadfast and firm in one's faith and know that our labor in the Kingdom of God is not in vain.
Meditate on this Lenten lesson especially if you are in the grieving process.
You are invited to read, reflect, and meditate on the Lenten lesson about Palm Sunday for Day 40.