3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas [Peter], then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
1 Corinthians 15:1-8, English Standard Version
As we continue our series, "What is in a Word," we find a very interesting passage in 1 Corinthians 15, which tells of an appearance of the Resurrected Christ to more than 500 disciples, most of whom were still alive at the time that Paul wrote this 1st epistle to the Corinthian church. Though Christ did not appear in public daily as He had before His death He appeared to more than just a small handful of people.
Why was this fact important to Paul? Remember, the soldiers were paid by the Roman leaders to say that Christ's disciples had come at night and had stolen His body away. That was the common story told among the non-believers, so Paul decided to confront this error right at the beginning of his first letter to the Corinthian believers.
In a court of law, a person can be found guilty by the testimony of two people, and yet the testimony of hundreds did not sway the unbelief of the people. Though the people of that day were alive when Christ walked upon the earth, their unbelief hardened them from the obvious truth.
Is it no wonder that we find unbelief so rampant in our world, along with the doubt that Christ, if He truly existed, was ever God. He may have been a good man or even a prophet, but not God!
There is the heart of Christianity! We Christians have no doubt that Christ is God; as a matter of fact we also have no doubt that He is alive because we have a living relationship with Him.
As you go about the duties of this day, take some time to focus on the Resurrected Christ, your Savior, your Friend, your Hope, your Guide, and your God.
What an amazing God we have!
God Bless You,