Commissioned: Jesus walked the way of suffering and then died on the cross. After he was killed, his body was prepared for burial and laid in a tomb. Three days later, when everyone was celebrating the Feast of First Fruits, Jesus was raised as the first fruits of our resurrection.  He then appeared to his disciples, saying, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 
Meaningful: This “great commission” shows us that we are not merely forgiven in Christ; we are commissioned in him, too. We are the ones through whom Calvary’s victory is lived out in the world. Thus, when Paul writes of Jesus’s resurrection, he doesn’t say, “Christ is raised. Therefore, be assured that there is life after death”—even though that is true. Instead, he says, “Christ is raised. Therefore, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”  In other words, his resurrection propels us to live today.
Work: How does his resurrection connect with our work not being in vain? Wright explains, “In the Lord, your labor is not in vain. When God’s new world is finally revealed, what you have done to bring healing and hope, beauty and joy to your bit of the world will shine out as a glorious part of the rich tapestry of the new creation. And the wounds and scars which result from announcing Jesus’s lordship in a world where other lords guard their territory with tanks, bombs, and laws will be the sign that we have fought Jesus’s battles with Jesus’s weapons.”
Prayer: Lord, You call us to make disciples of all nations, living out the gospel in our lives. In Christ’s resurrection, we know that our work is not in vain. Therefore, we are your hands and feet to bring the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, knowing that you are making our work into a glorious tapestry that will be unfurled at the end of this age. Give us, then, a vision of that future kingdom so that we might endure today. Amen.
M’Cheyne Weekend Readings
 1 Corinthians 15:23 |  Matthew 28:16-20 |  See 1 Corinthians 15