Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

Scripture Referenced: Genesis 2:16-17; Genesis 3:19; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:5; 1 Corinthians 15:56; Hebrews 2:15; Romans 8:22; Romans 7:24; Exodus 2:25; Luke 9:23-24; John 3:30; Revelation 21

Catechism Question: #47 | Does the Lord's Supper add anything to Christ's atoning work?


When surveyed about why they wished to end their life, Oregon’s terminally ill patients said they most feared losing their autonomy as their illnesses worsened.
— CNN, Dying Young: Why Brittany Maynard's story resonates
The worst thing that could happen to me is that I wait too long because I’m trying to seize each day,” she says, “but I somehow have my autonomy taken away from me by my disease, because of the nature of my cancer.
— CNN, Brittany Maynard, advocate for 'death with dignity,' dies
Death no longer seems natural when you receive a diagnosis of a chronic, debilitating disease. It only seems natural when we fade away in our sleep after a full, rich, and pain-free life, surrounded by loved one. And even then, death is only natural because it is universal.
— Ed Welch, Running Scared
Like a tragedy, it stirs up pity and terror in us. Like a tragedy it requires us to contemplate the world’s darkness. Like a tragedy, it draws attention to waste. It shows us a life that need not have been extinguished being extinguished, without particular malice, by the normal processes of the world. It shows us that accident, injustice, spoilage, are all standard, all in the pitiably usual course of things. Here it’s important that Jesus’s death was an obscure one, when it happened. He’s not an Oedipus or a Prince Hamlet, someone falling from greatness. His death belongs beside the early cutting-short of the millions of lives of people too poor or too unimportant ever to have been recorded in the misleading story we call history; people only mourned by others as brief as themselves, and therefore gone from human memory as if they had never been. Jesus dies like a migrant worker who suffocates in a freight container, like a garbage-picker caught in a slide, like a child with an infected finger, like a beggar the bus reverses over. Or, of course, like all the other slaves ever punished by crucifixion, a fate so low, said Cicero, that no well-bred person should ever even mention it. Christians believe that Jesus’s death is, among other things, a way for God to mention it, loudly and with no good breeding at all, a declaration by the maker of the world, in pain and solidarity, that to Him the measure of the waste of history is not the occasional tragedies of kings but the routine losses of every day. 
— Francis Spufford, Unapologetic
We want to believe that we’re on the side of the angels, that if we dig deep enough, we can summon what we need to triumph. We don’t like stories about pain or defeat, however touching/honest they may be – we tolerate suffering only to the degree that it pays off – we want our Easter sans Good Friday, thank you very much. The urge is to see through our Calvary, rather than take it for what it is: a death.
— David Zahl, "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Win?" at


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