Easter Lunch at The Cornerstone Restaurant and Why We Won’t Come Back As Zombies
A congregation of locusts bustled up to The Cornerstone restaurant (facebook) in Bishan Park 2, 1380 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, for Easter Sunday lunch. A short walk from the car park, having outdoor seating gave it the opportunity to be child-friendly and pet-friendly.
The appetisers for sharing: mussels in cream sauce, St. Nicholas short ribs, sausage platter, grilled squid, level 1 and 2 chicken wings were all decently done.
Yeo Kian Tiong, former executive chef at Xi Yan who used to run Sumi Yakitori in Centrepoint and now Ramen Monster at Novena, was probably not in the kitchen, but the standard of the mains was mostly above average: juvenile lobster pasta, ribs, fish and chips (with the exception of one of two orders of half roast chickens which was rather dry, and the beef which had a broiled grey flavour -> sous vide?).
It’s already been said that the authenticity of the resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of Christianity. Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, establishes this (1 Corinthians 15:1-9) before considering the implications of Christ’s physical resurrection (vs. “oh, Jesus lives on in my heart”): if Jesus had not been bodily raised,
our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:14-19)
It is only because Christ is risen that we have any sort of true hope – hope that isn’t just an expression of desire for a particular outcome in the future, but a certainty about what will happen in the future:
- hope of more to life than death – why be nice to people? Why take care of your health? Why not steal and rape and kill (just avoid getting caught, but hey, why have laws against all this in the first place)? If death is inevitable and the end all, then we must grab everything we want now. But because Christ is risen, the certainty is that there will be a resurrection of all [who have died] (1 Corinthians 15:20-22). This is why all the suffering now that is the result of standing firm in what God has said is worth it – that is why Christians do not despair of losing out in this life;
- hope of life beyond death – Jesus has taken the sting from death and is victorious over it, so while Christians still mourn the death of another Christian, they do not fear death (1 Corinthians 15:55-56);
- hope of new bodies – spending time at the gym to create that buff body and six pack this current generation assumes is beautiful, keeping up with fashion trends, worry about that cellulite and those varicose veins, splurging on cosmetics and salves and lotions and pills that promise to keep your skin youthful and wrinkle-free and your head of hair full? Our present bodies are made for this perishable world – they are perishable, dishonored, weak, and natural. These are not bodies that are to be kept for all eternity. For the new world that God will create, our present bodies will be changed and raised imperishable, glorious, powerful, and spiritual. (1 Corinthians 15:35-49)
Because of this, then only one thing is important in this life: giving ourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because we know that our labour in the Lord is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).