Reflection: Many scholars believe that this brief passage was a very early creedal statement of the early church. Here were the fundamental beliefs of the first-century church – that Christ died for us, was buried and rose again. This is who we are – people who have been washed clean, full of hope that one day God will raise us in the same way that he has raised Jesus from the dead. This is where we find our identity and purpose – we find them at the cross and in the empty tomb.
Question: How do these events establish us people of faith, hope and love? What will be different in our lives knowing that Jesus has been raised from the dead?
Prayer: Lord God, you have established your kingdom through the death and resurrection of Jesus. This is who we want to be – people of your kingdom, restored people, people who are washed clean so that we might be people of faith, hope and love. Help us to do this – we ask that you might perform mighty deeds in our lives, transforming us and changing us so that we become more like Jesus every day. Amen.