And if there is no resurrection, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!”

1 Corinthians 15:32

“Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!” (1 Corinthians 15:32)

Shortly before our first child was born, Karen and I had an appointment with the doctor who would be attending the birth. As I sat across from him, he noticed I was reading a plaque he had displayed on his desk and said to me, “That is a little philosophy of mine!” The plaque read:

“When you live, live in clover; ‘cos when you’re dead, you’re dead all over!”

My doctor friend was saying, “You only go around once in this life, so make sure you live it up because once you die, it’s all over – there is nothing beyond the grave!”

This philosophy of life has a long history and has been expressed in a variety of ways; “Life is short, so live it up!”, “If it feels good, do it!” and more recently as “YOLO” – you only live once.

Paul confronts this fatalistic approach to life head when he quotes a popular version of it in his day – “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!” – and says such an attitude makes perfect sense, “If the dead are not raised…”

If the dead are not raised, if there is no hope of life beyond the grave, if all there is to life is a brief, physical existence, then the only logical thing to do is to live it up now, having as much fun as you can, while you can.

Why waste your life on denying yourself pleasure and fun if this life is all there is? While the idea that all that awaits us is a hole in the ground is a depressing one, you may as well enjoy yourself before you get there!

As the meme says, YOLO.

But for Paul and all who call themselves Christians, it was an empty and pointless philosophy, incapable of providing any real meaning to life.

And once again, the reason he gives is because Jesus Christ rose from the dead and one day, He will raise all those who have put their trust in Him.

Then we shall sit down at the great feast He has prepared for us and there will be plenty to eat and drink for everyone.

That is a much greater hope than YOLO!

For further reflection: Luke 14:16-24. What excuses have you given to God for not accepting His invitation to attend His great feast in His Kingdom?

Shortly before our first child was born, Karen and I had an appointment with the doctor who would be attending the birth. As I sat across from him, he noticed I was reading a plaque he had displayed on his desk and said to me, “That is a little philosophy of mine!” The plaque read:

“When you live, live in clover; ‘cos when you’re dead, you’re dead all over!”

My doctor friend was saying, “You only go around once in this life, so make sure you live it up because once you die, it’s all over – there is nothing beyond the grave!”

This philosophy of life has a long history and has been expressed in a variety of ways; “Life is short, so live it up!”, “If it feels good, do it!” and more recently as “YOLO” – you only live once.

Paul confronts this fatalistic approach to life head when he quotes a popular version of it in his day – “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!” – and says such an attitude makes perfect sense, “If the dead are not raised…”

If the dead are not raised, if there is no hope of life beyond the grave, if all there is to life is a brief, physical existence, then the only logical thing to do is to live it up now, having as much fun as you can, while you can.

Why waste your life on denying yourself pleasure and fun if this life is all there is? While the idea that all that awaits us is a hole in the ground is a depressing one, you may as well enjoy yourself before you get there!

As the meme says, YOLO.

But for Paul and all who call themselves Christians, it was an empty and pointless philosophy, incapable of providing any real meaning to life.

And once again, the reason he gives is because Jesus Christ rose from the dead and one day, He will raise all those who have put their trust in Him.

Then we shall sit down at the great feast He has prepared for us and there will be plenty to eat and drink for everyone.

That is a much greater hope than YOLO!

For further reflection: Luke 14:16-24. What excuses have you given to God for not accepting His invitation to attend His great feast in His Kingdom?