Alleluia! He is Risen!! We pay attention to the Easter Story as the Story that is the core and foundation of our faith. We notice the opening words of Paul's great 'resurrection chapter' - 1 Cor. 15 - where he expresses our faith in the form of a creed. He draws attention to its importance by declaring 'For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance...' He continues with 4 points each beginning with the word 'that': 1) that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; 2) that he was buried; 3) that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures; 4) that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. This Easter Story in a nutshell is designed to give confidence to all believers! They help us to Know Confidently so that we may Live Fully! Paul's invited response may be seen at the end of the chapter: "Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."
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