10
Apr
09

LIVING YOUR RESURRECTION (4/12/09-4/18/09)

WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL

LIVING YOUR RESURRECTION

WEEK OF APRIL 12-APRIL 18, 2009

“Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen; And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.”  1 Corinthians 15:12-14

How many of us have an open tomb as a necklace charm instead of a cross?

These words were written by Paul to a church that was in a mess doctrinally.  There were many false doctrines and beliefs that started to be taught and preached, and Paul had to make return visits to straighten things out.  This letter was the first attempt to set the record straight after planting the church at Corinth.

One of these false doctrines was that resurrection was impossible.  It is possible that Saducees were infiltrating the church to spread these false doctrines, for it was the Saducess who did not believe in resurrection, and that is sad, you see (Sad u cee).

But if we think of this scripture, many of us could be guilty of the same false doctrine.

Let me first point to an excellent article by Justin Lonas in this month’s Pulpit Helps magazine, published monthly by AMG International.  In this article, he says, “On the face of it, Easter seems like a straightforward celebration of Christ’s sacrifice for our sins.”  He goes on to state, “Sometimes we think of it as a happy ending to the ‘real story’ of atonement, but without rising from the dead, Christ’s work would not have been complete.”

Let’s face it, how many of us have an open tomb as a necklace charm instead of a cross?

Let us never forget to talk as much about the resurrection as much as we tell about the death.  If we don’t talk as much about the resurrection, we may be guilty of leaving out the most important part of the gospel.  His resurrection was prophesied, it defeated death and Satan, it brought greater glory to God and His resurrected body was witnessed by hundreds of people (1 Corinthians 15:5-8).

But perhaps the even most disturbing thing is our lives being a testimony of the resurrection.  Do our lives tell the story, and are our actions, motivations and deeds reflective of the new life acheived by His resurrection?  Or do we prefer to use the resurrection power of salvation as a “fire escape” and a license to live as we please?  “How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. . . Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. . . For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord ”  Romans 6:2-11.

On this Easter Sunday, let us all resolve to make our lives dead to sin and alive to Christ, presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God.  After all, it is our reasonable service, not our exceptional service…

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