An Incredible Gift!
1 Corinthians 15:12-19 New International Version
The Resurrection of the Dead 12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been 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.
Saturday - September 3
I recently told a group of grade school kids, “God brings dead people back to life!” (More accurately, God gives dead people new life). One girl responded with incredulity, “God does what?!” I think she has in her mind what we might think of as zombies. But this is still shocking to us. It seems a bit silly. But Paul points out that this is THE CENTRAL doctrine of our Christian faith. If the resurrection is not true why be a Christian? There are plenty of philosophies to help you live a better life. But Jesus rose to show God’s power over death. It was witnessed by hundreds of people. His resurrection is the beginning of something incredible and new. What a gift.