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Rising from the dead!

Scripture reading for November 26th: 1st Corinthians 15-16

One of the stumbling blocks for intellectuals is the resurrection.  The resurrection is foreign to anything our mind can truly understand.  To the natural eye, death appears to be irreversible.  Doctors can treat a person, but they can’t keep them from dying or permanently raise them to life.

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.” (1st Corinthians 15:3-6)

The resurrected Jesus appeared alive to Mary at the tomb. (John 20:13-18)   Then Peter saw the Lord and then the Twelve, minus Judas, saw Him (Mark 16:14)  The two disciples saw Him on the road to Emmaus. (Luke 24:31-32) Thomas got to put his fingers in the holes of Jesus’ resurrected body and became a believer. (John 20:26-28) Finally, Jesus appeared to over 500 brothers at the same time!  (1st Corinthians 15:16) These men and women were either lying or telling the truth.  If they were lying, many of them went to their death rather than change their story!

Not only has Christ been raised from the dead, but all who believe in Him will also be raised from the dead!  Resurrection is a key truth of the Christian faith.  “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 in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” (1st Corinthians 15:20-22)

Paul compares resurrection to planting of a seed.  A seed is planted in the ground and at the proper time it germinates and resurrects.  Likewise, our body is sown in the grave but it will be raised in glory!  It was sown a natural body, but will be raised a spiritual body that lives forever! (1st Corinthians 15:42-44)  This change will happen at the “last trumpet”!  Death will be swallowed up by victory in Christ’s eternal life!  What a glorious day that will be!

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