Time for Truth
Lord God, be in my head and in my mind and in my understanding all through the day today, I pray.
Read 1 CORINTHIANS 15:12-28
 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised 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 not even Christ has been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.  More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.  For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.  And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.  Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.  If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.  But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.  But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.  Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.  For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.  The last enemy to be destroyed is death.  For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.  When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat does it matter if Christ has not been raised?
Today’s passage is very different from the lush lyrics that we’ve been enjoying this week in the Song of Songs. There you feel as if you’re on vacation. Here Paul takes us to the workplace and the debates of the forum. With the language of the law courts he seeks to convince us of the power of Christ’s resurrection, and perhaps he needs to. After all, a vacation that never ends—can you believe it? No more doubts about whether God exists or whether he loves us. No more fruitless searching, like the girl in the Song of Songs (Song 3:2). Instead, we can know with certainty that “my lover is mine and I am his.” In this paradise, the God who loves us will no longer seem absent but will be at the center, cherishing his bride (Rev. 21:3). And we will be there with him, if we choose to. What an experience that will be!
Most vacations last only a week or two—and it seems that no sooner have they started than it’s time to go home again. But when we are raised to heaven with Christ, we will never have to pack up and leave.
How might Christ make himself more alive in you today? What difference has his resurrection made in your life?
Loving, gracious Lord, I’m grateful for all that Your death and resurrection accomplished for me.
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