Future Worship at the East.
Wise men, following a star, come from the East with gifts for the newborn king. King Herod’s advisers direct them to Bethlehem, where messiahs are born. There they find the child and pay homage, but they avoid Herod on their way home.
In the desert, John proclaims a baptism of national repentance, but he makes it clear that he is not the Messiah – he is still to come and will baptize with the Holy Spirit. Jesus accepts John’s baptism and hears his Father’s voice of approval.
1 Corinthians 12.1-11
Paul writes to the Corinthians about the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts. There are many gifts, ministries and activities given by God through the Spirit. Everyone has different gifts, but they are all given for the common good.
1 Corinthians 12.12-31a
Paul uses the analogy of a human body – having many parts with different functions, all of which must work together for the good of the whole – to insist that the Christians in Corinth, whatever their background or role within the church,must work together as the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 13.1-13
Paul says that spiritual gifts are worth nothing without love. Love is patient, kind, enduring and more; it is not envious, selfish or resentful. Love knows no boundaries, it is eternal and reaches completion in God.
1 Corinthians 15.1-11
Paul reminds the Corinthians of the gospel they received from him: that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and was raised on the third day. He lists those who have seen the risen Christ; last – but by no means least – is Paul himself.
1 Corinthians 15.12-20
Paul tells the Corinthians that if Christ is not raised from the dead, their faith is in vain, their sins remain, and their hope in Christ is futile. But in fact, he says, Christ has been raised, the
first fruits of those who have died.
1 Corinthians 15.35-38,42-50
Paul explores what resurrection might be like. Like a seed that appears to die before it grows into something new and wonderful, earthly perishable bodies are transformed into something new, immortal and imperishable, and given life by the Spirit.