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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
In our last visit we looked at the gracious sacrifice Jesus Christ made in our behalf. In considering this we looked at Philippians 2:6-11. After describing the tremendous act of Christ emptying Himself and dying on the cross Paul declared, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.”
This exaltation began with the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. For forty days Jesus showed himself to the disciples and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive, according to Acts 1:3. During that time, Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:5-7, He appeared to Peter, the twelve, a group of over five hundred at the same time, James and then to all the apostles. How much proof does one need to attest the historical veracity of an event? To emphasize his point he reminded them that many of these eye witnesses were still alive. If you don’t believe me, Paul implied, then go and check it out for yourself.
The cross and the empty tomb are two foundational pillars of the Christian faith. If both, or even one of these, could be shown to be untrue, you would not have Christianity. Paul declared in 1 Corinthians 15:17-19, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins…we are to be pitied more than all men.”
But since He did arise from the dead we who believe have the blessed hope of one day being with Him in glory. No wonder Paul wanted to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. Is that your desire too?