God's Glory: In Resurrection
Jesus, thank You for the eternal hope that I have through Your life, death and resurrection. I am Yours.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-11
Is your faith grounded on the finished work of Christ?
The fact that Jesus was raised from the dead is of prime importance to Paul in what he passed on to others. Unsurprisingly, the resurrection is the central theme of this chapter.
Note how Paul, in verses 3b to 8, makes Jesus the subject of every verb apart from two in verse 6b. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, "I find salvation not in my life story, but only in the story of Jesus Christ." Only when we grasp who Jesus is and what he has done are we able to understand the source of our own personal salvation. This is so important that Paul makes a long list of all those hundreds of witnesses to the resurrection, especially the apostles. His authority lies in Christ's "last-minute" appearance to him, even though he least deserved it (9). He wants the Corinthians to believe in Jesus' resurrection because it is true, an act of God's grace.
We rejoice that Christ came alive from the dead!
The resurrection of Jesus has changed everything. Write out some practical things it means to you.
Lord, You have saved me. You have spared Yourself nothing to give me life.
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