1 Corinthians 15:12-19
12 We have preached that Christ has been raised from the dead. So how can some of you say that no one rises from the dead? 13 If no one rises from the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, what we preach doesn’t mean anything. Your faith doesn’t mean anything either. 15 More than that, we would be lying about God. We are witnesses that God raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if the dead are not raised. 16 If the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith doesn’t mean anything. Your sins have not been forgiven. 18 Those who have died believing in Christ are also lost. 19 Do we have hope in Christ only for this life? Then people should pity us more than anyone else.
This passage reminds me of stretching a very tight muscle – it seems easier to leave it because the process is uncomfortable, but it needs to be done and it’s worth it in the end. There are things in our faith that call us to stretch out our beliefs beyond the boundaries of our knowledge – does God heal, will he provide for me, did Jesus really come back from the dead? Just like some Corinthians, sometimes I would like to shrink God to my size, limit what I have to believe.
But this life in Christ that we live calls us to be stretched, believe things we cannot see or fully understand. God has always met me at every challenge, he has provided, he has healed. He will do it for you too. Without the resurrection we are all lost. Allow your faith muscle to be stretched. Ask God to reveal himself in your life.
Heavenly Father thank you for all you have done for me and with me. Thank you for the cross and Jesus’s resurrection. Stretch me Lord so my faith will grow. Reveal yourself to me today and help me to reflect your glory. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Written by Christine Knight