Today is the feast of St. Matthias. The remaining eleven apostles were gathered in the Upper Room, after the resurrection and ascension of our Lord, and Simon Peter, their leader appointed by Christ, called them to an important task: the replacement in the vacant office of Apostle of Judas. Of the two qualified men nominated, the Holy Spirit led them to chose St. Matthias, but the main reason for this act of choosing him to replace Judas was, as stated in the book of Acts, that “one of these men must become with us a witness to His resurrection.”
Thus the primary importance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, which is what we will discuss today on Deep In Scripture.
1 Corinthians 15:12-20
12: Now if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13: But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised;
14: if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
15: 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.
16: For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised.
17: If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.
18: Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
19: If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied.
20: But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.