The third day he rose again from the dead

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, 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 at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.

1 Corinthians 15:3–6, ESV

Before I continue with today’s blog, I would like to apologize for failing to write at my normal pace recently. Life changes have interfered with my production. My calling to pastor a church will stop (temporarily?) at the end of October. As of November 1, I will be retired, so, I am hoping to do more writing then.

Today, I learned a new term for my identity. Surely, I am way behind the times, but that word is “cisgender.” I always thought I was male, but the liberal segment of our society seemed to need to call me cisgender because they no longer use the only two genders that have ever existed, male and female. I had to look cisgender up and found this definition:

Cisgender (sometimes cissexual, often abbreviated to simply cis) is a term for people whose gender identity matches their sex assigned at birth[1] For example, someone who identifies as a woman and was assigned female at birth is a cisgender woman. The term cisgender is the opposite of the word transgender.[2][3]
  1. ^ “Definition of Cisgender” Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  2. a b Schilt, Kristen; Westbrook, Laurel (August 2009). “Doing Gender, Doing Heteronormativity: ‘Gender Normals,’Transgender People, and the Social Maintenance of Heterosexuality”. Gender & Society23 (4): 440–464 [461].doi:10.1177/0891243209340034. S2CID 145354177.
  3. ^ Blank, Paula. “Will the Word “Cisgender” Ever Go Mainstream?”The Atlantic. Retrieved May 13, 2018.

I would like to thank those of the nominal members of society for ensuring I cannot be confused with those who are transgender. I was worried for a moment. It is interesting, though, that those who claim to be transgender are allowed to adopt their own moniker while finding that my ordained gender can no longer be called male. I kind of like being male. And I love that my wife is female. Things have worked well that way, at least for the past 40 years.

Things have truly been turned on their heads in the past few years. Government has always been problematic as few Presidents, Congress men and women, and Senators have ignored the safeguards of the Constitution. Those who wrote this historic document all agreed that there was no protection in it from unscrupulous politicians who seek to control the populous rather than be controlled by them. Please don’t think I am referring only to President Biden, for there are many names that should be added to a long list of these men. Unfortunately, Biden has become the pinnacle of our loss of liberty and enslavement to irrational socialists. We only have ourselves to blame.

Jesus said, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10, ESV). Likewise, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45, ESV) I would suggest that any politician who does not govern as Christ came to serve, are immoral leaders deserving of judgment. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” (Romans 1:18, ESV)

How can we survive a society that longs to be enslaved by socialism, that loves handing their children over to Moloch, that changes the very meaning of words so they become the opposite of sense? The obvious way for me is to turn our lives over to the King of all creation and obey all that we are taught in the Scriptures. This, however, can have many meanings, so let me suggest one. Those who are true to Christ know in the deepest recesses of their hearts that on the third day following his burial, Jesus rose from the dead.

I know that churches celebrate this truth on Easter. Yet, the resurrection is far more than a one-day-a-year celebration. As with all of God’s truth, the resurrection must transform us every day. Think about it. What does the resurrection of Christ mean?

First, Christ Jesus was raised from the dead to demonstrate that his work on the cross fulfilled God’s purposes. His sacrifice was accepted by the Father as payment for sin. Second, Jesus’ resurrection provides that those who are his are reconciled to the Father. Third, Jesus’ resurrection was new life. Jesus was different from before. He was also the same, but he now had accomplished his mission of seeking and saving his lost sheep. Fourth, and most importantly for us, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ became our death and new birth in him.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV

Our resurrection is both in the present and in the future. Much of what Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15 has to do with this final resurrection when the trumpet shall sound, the dead in Christ shall be raise, and the living in Christ shall be translated. Corruptible become incorruptible. Assuredly, this is the day we most look forward to. This is our hope, our everlasting life, our perfect and continual offering of service to God our Father. It is when we are adorned in white as the Bride of Christ and join him in the wedding feast. O, how we long for that day!

“For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.”

1 Corinthians 15:52–56, ESV

But today is not that day. And Paul quickly reminds us that there is much to do before that day comes: “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58, ESV)

Man’s world cannot stand against that no matter how oppressive or how silly. Cisgender and transgender are humanity’s words. Male and Female are God’s Word. There is no question in my mind that humanity’s words will follow the way of humanity’s tower of Babel. We are experiencing the confusion of language even now. God’s answer to those he has called his children is to stand firm and not be moved by the culture in which we live. We are to always flourish doing the Lord’s work. Because, our labor in the Lord is empty. We are victorious in Christ and we are to live as victors even though we may not see immediate success. For the righteous shall live by faith.

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