Topic: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Do you have any Easter traditions? My mother baked paska, a lemon-flavored Russian sweet bread. She passed on her recipe to me, and now I bake it each Easter. But more important than favorite recipes, my parents passed on their spiritual heritage and strong faith in God.
My husband and I, too, want to pass on a godly legacy to our children and grandchildren. One meaningful tradition we started when our children were young was to save our Christmas tree trunk and make it into a cross at Easter. We would cut off the upper one-third of the trunk and nail or wire it to the lower two-thirds to make the cross. Sometimes our children decorated it with a grape-vine wreath to represent a crown of thorns. We displayed the cross beside the fireplace in our living room as a ready witness to share the Easter story with our children and others. This taught them the connection between Christmas and Easter: Christ was born to die.
In this passage, Paul writes to the Corinthians and reminds them what is most important to pass on. He stresses the essentials: The message of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. He wants them to believe and receive the gospel as he did and be saved.
What would you like to pass on? Paul's priority is a good place for us to begin.
Risen Lord, thank you for the power of the resurrection and new life it brings in Christ. This Easter season, give me opportunities and courage to pass on my faith to others.
Do we usually celebrate Christmas and Easter as disconnected events? How can we better integrate the two?