What things are certain in our Christian lives?  Perhaps different people would give slightly different answers, but for the first Christians, their faith was based on the certainty of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  In our ordered and highly planned world, we might think that the Gospels were written down in the order of which the events happened, starting with the nativity, then Jesus’ teaching and healing and then ending with the resurrection accounts.  Of course, this is quite wrong.  For the early Christians, the first stories to be told and written down were the resurrection narratives.  This was what fuelled the church and from which all other previous stories about Jesus made sense.  What is the significance of the resurrection?  The answer, for the Christian, is everything!  In the Epistle reading for this week, Paul puts it this way, “Without the resurrection your faith is in vain.”  How does it work?  God, in his sovereign wisdom has not chosen to disclose this to us.  However, the Apostle Paul goes onto throw some light onto the situation.  He writes, just as death came into the world through Adam, the first man, so the resurrection from death is through another man, Jesus.  Jesus the perfect man has replaced the imperfect and fallen man, Adam.  All who are only related to Adam will die but those who are now related to Jesus will rise to life just as Jesus did.  Wonderful theology; simple, powerful and certain!  Alleluia, praise God.