Tuesday 26 January, 2021

1 Corinthians 15:12-19

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.

The central part of the gospel message is the death AND resurrection of Jesus.  His resurrection brings us hope because it means that sin and death do not separate us from God.  

Yet, believing this comes by faith. We weren’t there when Jesus died on the cross, nor did we see Him after His resurrection. But we do have the bible to read so that we can decide for ourselves whether we believe it to be true or not.

Yet believing this will be tested.  

I remember the time before my father passed away. While Dad was the one dying, I too was faced with what I believed about life after death and who I believed God to be. I remember wrestling in prayer, saying, “I place all my hope in You Lord Jesus. If it’s not You, well then I don’t know who else there is because there is no one else who speaks life to me or knows me like You do. It is You or nothing – there is no one else”.

Yet as difficult as this was, it has made me more certain than ever that God is real and that Jesus did rise from the dead. It is more than being certain. I know.

But it isn’t me who has formed this inner “knowing” within me. It is God Himself. By taking the step of faith to believe Jesus did rise from the dead, He makes it certain within me. He gives me that assurance. He turns my faith into substance.

If you don’t have that “knowing” yet, you can. It’s a step of faith you have to take with Jesus for yourself.  Just ask Him now.

Written by Gab Martin

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