Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Welcome to Day 318 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Psalm 149:5, “Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. 6 May the praise of God be in their mouths…”
1 Corinthians 15:13, “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.”
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.”
1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.”
Our faith hangs on the resurrection of Christ. Without that, it just doesn’t matter…
One might ask, “So what?” to which I reply, “What??”
If Christ didn’t raise from the dead, then Jesus was just a good man who taught and did amazing things. It would have ended there.
But if Christ was raised back to life on the third day, then He is the Son of God… just as he claimed.
Even the Pharisees knew this would be bad… they posted extra guards at his grave beforehand to prevent his disciples from stealing his body and purporting that he had been raised from the dead.
After his resurrection he appeared to hundreds of people in a glorified bodily state. We just read in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 that Jesus appeared to Peter, then the Twelve, then to a group of over 500 people… after the resurrection.
This one event, the resurrection, is critical to our faith.
It even sounds a little crazy as I’m writing this… But without this one event, Christ would still be in the grave, like everyone else. But He conquered death, giving us hope of the save resurrection on that Day.
You conquered death and the grave!