1 Corinthians 15:3-6 “For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received; that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and 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 and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.”

This Easter we gather again to hear the message that Christ lives, and we too have hope and reason to live. I never tire of speaking the message of Christ’s resurrection. The need for hope remains as relevant today as it was on that first Easter morning at the tomb. Sisters and brothers! Your hope is real and trustworthy. Christ is alive.

This hopeful message is “in accordance with the scriptures”, which means that the hope of Christ’s resurrection is not a fanciful tale made up by a fanatic, but it is from the pages of scripture itself. God’s Word does not fail, and we may trust the promises of God.

The Apostle Paul “handed on” the message of Christ’s resurrection! All these years later this message is taught, preached and received by God’s people. Yet it is not only preachers who pass on the message, but all of you are involved in the proclamation of the resurrection. If you have received it, take care to share it. The need is great. The message is greater. Christ is alive. We have reason to live.