IF THE TRUTH BE TOLD:
After a knock-out during a boxing match, I can imagine the greatest anticipation of the victor is to hear the post interview of the victim. No matter what the world experienced during the fight, what does the victim say about his experience in the fight? The victor wants to hear the victim answer the questions of the media to see if he will own up to THE TRUTH.
In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul is writing to the church explaining the resurrection of the saints. He highlights the fact that the resurrection is an indication that THEY are VICTORIOUS! But the only reason why there is a resurrection for the saints is found in verse 55. Paul basically says at the end of verse 54: After the victory, it's time for the anticipated post interview. Verse 55, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” And if THE TRUTH BE TOLD, death would have to say, "I couldn't hold Jesus down. He was too much for me. I thought I had him for 2 rounds, but in the 3rd he got up. Really, it was over before it started! TRUTHFULLY, I wasn't even responsible for him being there, he came to me on his own (John 19:30). I wasn't strong enough to get him there on my own. To all my friends, supporters, and well-wishers, sorry I let you down. He was too much for me to handle."
This is what EASTER is all about; death couldn't hold Jesus. So, if the truth be told, we should celebrate EASTER this Sunday too and the Sunday after that. This is why Paul says in verse 58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Paul is saying, “If the truth be told, Jesus is already victorious. If you remain true to him, in him and to his work, YOU ARE VICTORIOUS TOO and just like he was resurrected, we will be too!” And that's the TRUTH!