Labors! by Carl Hanson

Today (Monday, September 2) is marked on our United States calendars as “Labor Day”. Also celebrated by our Canadian neighbors to the north, this holiday always falls on the first Monday of September. Though initially established for the purpose of honoring the WORKFORCE, for some it has become a day to get some extra work done around the house or yard, while for others it merely provides a long weekend to just get away and relax.

What would this world be if there were no WORKFORCE? Though the WORKFORCE is associated with a variety of occupations, some may be seen as more significant than others even when the level of pay may not seem to say so. There is significant work done for little pay (i.e. providing care for the young and the elderly) while high salaries are paid for work that may not be so significant (i.e. professional athletes). There are those in society who have found the salary matters not when they understand the benefit their works provide. In that they find great satisfaction and their labors are a joy to carry out.

In view of all the things people stress over and get caught up in — including over-focusing on the physical while missing the significance of the spiritual — Jesus exhorted. . .

“(27) Do not WORK for the food that perishes, but FOR THE FOOD THAT ENDURES TO ETERNAL LIFE, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” (John 6:27 ESV)

We know the body needs food to be sustained and the Lord noted that as well. (note Matthew 6:11 & 31-32) However, many were following Him because He had fed them, rather than because they were acknowledging Him as the Messiah. Though feeding hungry folk is a significant thing, the nourishing of the soul is an even more significant work.

In his letter to the church at Corinth Paul wrote. . .

“(58) Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. ALWAYS GIVE YOURSELVES FULLY TO THE WORK OF THE LORD, because you know that YOUR LABOR IN THE LORD IS NOT IN VAIN.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV)

Regardless of the occupation we may prepare for and take on to support ourselves and our families, there is LABOR IN THE LORD on many levels for all of us to do. In doing so, we become a worker with God! (2 Corinthians 6:1) I submit to you there is no grander WORKFORCE than that!



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Jesus ‘appeared’ to witnesses

Christ’s resurrection was not a mirage, but really happened. One writer sees evidence for its reality in a distinction in Paul’s choice of words in 1 Cor. 15.

“Paul insists that Jesus ‘appeared to’ the witnesses, not that they saw Jesus. This is intended to underscore the fact that the risen Jesus was not a construct of the witnesses’ imagination.” (M.A. Pascuzzi, “1 Corinthians,” New Collegeville Bible Commentary, 538)

Interesting that the NLT changes the text to read Jesus was seen by the witnesses. Not that NLT is saying the witnesses made it up, but it doesn’t observe this distinction, if it does indeed exist.

What do you think? Is the commentator’s point valid?

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