“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance that what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared also to me [Paul].” 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Two years of study at the Seminary have concluded. A year long internship awaits. To be able to put into practice–relating to, serving, loving, and responding as Jesus would have me do–lies ahead. And what a privilege it will be. I believe what St. Paul told the church in Corinth; Jesus died, but rose three days later…appeared to many…even to one who had been persecuting Him and the Church. God’s love knows no bounds. His mercy and forgiveness is for all. History bears witness. My heart and life, I pray will also bear witness!
Lord God, Heavenly Father, thank you for the great news of our salvation through Your Son Jesus Christ. May we all be as bold as Paul to bear witness to the Truth–Jesus is alive! Let the Easter story continue to be told on our lips today. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.