text, context, implication, application.
for I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
(1 Corinthians 15:3-6 NKJV)
paul is writing here in 1st corinthians- URGING us to stay in God’s sight; reminding us of what miracles he is capable of and how without him, we’d be lost.
he mentions in verse 6 the most crucial part- it talks about how Jesus’ resurrection was publicized, and how he was seen by many. It goes on to say “…of whom the greater part remain present, but some have FALLEN ASLEEP.” (emphasis mine).
what Paul is saying is that even people that WITNESSED Jesus’ resurrection and trusted in Christ- his very own followers who could, at the time reach out and simply touch his garments and be healed- these very same children of God have fallen asleep.
they have turned their face not towards Him, but away. I don’t know about you, but I feel like that if I were the one to witness Jesus raising from the dead, let alone see him in real life, I would NEVER EVEN CONSIDER turning away.
my very own Savior who lifted the scales from my eyes? it breaks my heart to say, in this situation “yes, I am a hypocrite.” I have turned away from God even after being completely saved and transformed!
how ludicrous is that? how foolish am I!
I see myself as a wolf in sheep’s clothing- it may appear I’m harmless, but as soon as a gaze is turned I leap out and strike.
I pray that I never fall asleep.