Thursday, March 18, 2021
Thirty-Second Day of Great Lent
I Corinthians 15:1-28
 Who has believed what we have heard?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or comeliness that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
 He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
 But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that made us whole,
and with his stripes we are healed.
 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb,
so he opened not his mouth.
 By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
 And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
 Yet it was the will of the LORD to bruise him;
he has put him to grief;
when he makes himself an offering for sin,
he shall see his offspring, he shall prolong his days;
the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand;
 he shall see the fruit of the travail of his soul and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous;
and he shall bear their iniquities.
 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out his soul to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
 “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;
break forth into singing and cry aloud,
you who have not been in travail!
For the children of the desolate one will be more
than the children of her that is married, says the LORD.
 Enlarge the place of your tent,
and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
hold not back, lengthen your cords
and strengthen your stakes.
 For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left,
and your descendants will possess the nations
and will people the desolate cities.
 “Fear not, for you will not be ashamed;
be not confounded, for you will not be put to shame;
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
 For your Maker is your husband,
the LORD of hosts is his name;
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
the God of the whole earth he is called.
I Corinthians 15:1-28
 Now I would remind you, brethren, in what terms I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand,
 by which you are saved, if you hold it fast — unless you believed in vain.
 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 brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
 For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God which is with me.
 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
 Now if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised;
 if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.
 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised.
 If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied.
 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.
 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.
 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
 “For God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “All things are put in subjection under him,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things under him.
 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things under him, that God may be everything to every one.
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