As we have seen, when we think of Christ’s resurrection and the events leading up to it, our attention goes to the four gospels. That makes perfect sense, as the gospels are about the life and death and resurrection of Jesus.
The resurrection was also frequently the subject of Paul’s epistles, giving credence to the proposition that the resurrection became a powerful, lasting part of the good news. Only three of Paul’s epistles made no mention of the resurrection: II Thessalonians, Titus, and Philemon.
One of the more often quoted messages of Paul that not only includes a mention of the resurrection but a lengthy discussion of what the resurrection means for all those who have accepted Jesus’ salvation is found in I Corinthians 15. It contains the familiar quotations from Isaiah and Hosea: “Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (verses 54-55)
Since our attention is still focused on the resurrection, now would be the perfect time to read I Corinthians 15 in its entirety. Another familiar part of this passage of scripture is this declaration: “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (verse 57)