Easter Good Steward
From Dan Conway’s The Good Steward, April 2012
“For I handed on 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; that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at once, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. After that he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one born abnormally, he appeared to me.” (1 Cor 15:1-8)
St. Paul believed that it was of “first importance” to remind the Church of Corinth (and all of us) that there were actual eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Our faith is not a matter of speculation. We have the testimony of eyewitnesses to assure us that this life-changing event really happened.
The New Testament provides vivid descriptions of Paul’s encounter with the risen Lord and his subsequent conversion to Christianity. Without Paul’s eyewitness testimony and his tireless efforts to proclaim the Gospel, our understanding of Jesus’ teaching would be greatly diminished. Paul’s collected writings and his frequent journeys throughout the Mediterranean region provide an intense, personal witness to the risen Lord. …