"If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. . . If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are, of all men, most to be pitied. . .
"For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the Resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. . . Christ, the firstfruits; then, when He comes, those who belong to him. . .
"Lo, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. . . For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality. . . As it is written: 'Death is swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? . . . Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
- from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians, chapter 15
The Resurrection is the central, defining event of Christianity, its sine qua non. . . No Resurrection, no Christianity; it is that simple. But given the Resurrection, we have all of it. . .
Now, we "groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies" (Romans 8:23); but "then we shall see Him face to face" (I John 3:2). . .
I wish to all my readers and blog-friends, a happy and richly blessed Feast of the Resurrection!