Friday, April 6, 2012
Christ is Alive!
Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Bible Text: “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.”
- 1 Corinthians 15:14
Has anyone told you that Christ did not rise from the dead? Or perhaps, that even if Christ was not resurrected that it would not matter to the Christians or their faith?
The early church in the city of Corinth apparently had someone spreading the lie that Christ had not risen from the dead. In fact this was the common story that was spread shortly after the resurrection of Christ by those who hated and persecuted Christians.
Paul said that it mattered greatly if Christ had risen from the dead. If fact is was so important that if Christ had not risen, then all his efforts were worthless.
Today, as then, it is still important to understand that the truth of the resurrection of Christ Jesus is the validation of the ministry and Person of Christ. Without the resurrection, we would have no hope.
I am glad that our hope is secure because Christ arose from the dead.
The fact of resurrection is not extraordinary; it is in accord with what we who believe at all believe to be the uniform law of life--that death does not touch it. The witnesses to the resurrection of Christ were unprejudiced, unexpectant, incredulous, and their honesty is not doubted even by skeptical criticism. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon