Dec 23, 2016

30 Day Jesus Challenge - Day 23 The Resurrection

He Is Risen!  Perhaps the most beautiful words ever written.  This Christ, who sacrificed himself for you, conquered Death, Hell, and the Grave and as the Redeemer, He lives!

Paul writes: 1 Corinthians 15:3-7 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: how Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  was buried, rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and was seen by Cephas, and then by the twelve. Then He was seen by over five hundred brothers at once, of whom the greater part remain to this present time, though some have passed away. Then He was seen by James and then by all the apostles. Last of all, He was seen by me also, as by one born at the wrong time.

The Resurrection
Throughout this series, I've promised a one-minute devotional to introduce you to Jesus.  Every subject, every day of this series could have books written about it.  The resurrection is perhaps the most difficult to condense.  In the end, I'll let Paul finish it:

1 Corinthians 15:12-19 Now if Christ is preached that He rose from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not risen.  If Christ has not risen, then our preaching is vain, and your faith is also vain.  Yes, and we would then be found false witnesses of God, because we have testified that God raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up, if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ has not been raised.  If Christ is not raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins.  Then they also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

At the end, former atheist Lee Strobel explains how as an investigative journalist, he looked at the evidence and came to the only logical conclusion.  I hope you come to the same conclusion.

Pray - I believe that you Jesus rose from the dead and through faith in you I can also be a participant in this resurrection.