Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Resurrection of Christ

13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.
1 Corinthians 15:13-14 & 20-24, English Standard Version

As we approach Easter Sunday, I thought it would be a good time to talk about the resurrection of Christ. Why is this such an important day to remember? For the church, two observances seem to stand out among the rest, Christmas and Easter. If people do not go to church any other time of the year, they will often not dream of missing church on these two religious holidays.

One of the clues is found in 1 Corinthians 15:14, shown above.

And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

The Gospel of Christ can be summed up in three events: Christ's virgin birth, His death, and His resurrection. If any of these are missing, then what Gospel do we have? If Christ was not born of a virgin, then His Father was not God. If Christ, the God-man did not die for the sins of His people, then no payment has been made, and no one will be saved. If Christ was not resurrected from the dead, then there is no hope that we will be resurrected as well.

But, 1 Corinthians 15:20 does not leave us in despair.

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Christ is our first fruit; He has been raised from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God making intercession for His children. There rests our hope! True believers will also be raised from the dead and will live forever with the Lord in His kingdom on heaven and on the new earth.

That should put a song in your heart, and a bounce to your steps. What an amazing God we have to plan such a thing for a people so unworthy.

God Bless You,
Linda

3 comments:

g said...

I love these devotions and I hope it would be ok if i used them for my small bible study group from time to time.

Gordon Bacon
Bikers For Christ
bfcgordon@yahoo.com

Linda Croft said...

Thank you, Gordon. I would be happy to have you use these devotions for your Bible study group. It is good to hear from you-sometimes I wonder if anyone is out there. (Just kidding)
God Bless You,
Linda

g said...

Linda,
I pray that the messages you post touch many lives the way they have mine.
There is a simplicity that makes them good for even the unchurched.
I lead a Bible study for outlaw bikers and and a small Biker Church. I hope to learn from your messages how to teach so the bikers and other unchurch members can understand.

Respect