Monday, October 12, 2009

NTC Day 22: Mark 15-16, 1 Cor. 14-16

1 Cor. 15

Twice Paul clearly states that our faith hinges on the resurrection of Christ from the dead. He says that if Christ has not been raised, “our preching is useless and so is your faith” and “your faith is futile and you are still in your sins”. The resurrection is that important.

Is it that important in your mind? Do you understand the resurrection well enough to know why Paul considers it so critical to Christianity? Have you investigated the resurrection to be convinced to your satisfaction that the resurrection truly happened?

Here are some brief points about the importance of the resurrection to Christianity:
  1. It demonstrates and decidedly proves the divinity of Christ
  2. It shows with finality His power and authority over sin and death
  3. It is a prequel to the power that will exercised in our own resurrections
  4. It allows us to worship and follow a living Messiah rather than some ideal set before us by a man long dead

OK, big deal, you say. How does this apply directly to me today?

Pray today. And when you pray, you are praying to someone alive. You are praying to someone powerful. And You are praying to someone who is working that power in your life.

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