EASTER SUNDAY – EPISTLE: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26

19If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at His coming those who belong to Christ. 24Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death.