The title of this work comes from Robert Lowry’s hymn Low in the Grave He Lay (the lyrics are better than the grammar), and the content is an exposition of 1 Corinthians 15, Paul’s powerful statement on the resurrection of Christ and what this means for believers. In fewer than 150 pages, Dodson (the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Hudson, Ohio) informs and elevates the reader in the journey through the historicity of Christ’s resurrection, what it means to Christian beliefs if this is not true (‘Imagine There’s No Easter’), the order of the resurrection, what It means for daily living if there is no resurrection, the nature of the resurrection body, and the great transformation.
Dodson deals with the awkward verses – such as the baptism for the dead in verse 29 – but this is a sermon series, not an academic treatise so he does not get bogged down in such difficulties. The result is what Alastair Begg has rightly called ‘a tonic for the soul’. As we all live in the shadow of the valley of death, this will be a companion to help us sing Lowry’s last line: ‘He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!’
– Peter Barnes
Peter Barnes is the editor of AP and pastor at Revesby Presbyterian Church NSW.