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Scripture reading for November 27th: 1st Corinthians 15-16
One of the key arguments against the Christian faith is skepticism about the historical resurrection of Jesus Christ. This skepticism has been around since the beginning when the soldiers assigned to guarding the tomb were paid to lie about what happened to Jesus’ body. (Matthew 28:11-15) They were instructed to say that some of the disciples came and stole the body while they were asleep. This report went around the community of Jesus’ day, but another account came from those who actually saw Jesus alive and touched Him!
“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. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all He appeared to me also, as one abnormally born.” (1st Corinthians 15:3-8)
Paul received the gospel message that he so beautifully summarized here in this short passage. Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and was raised from the dead! This is all according to the Scriptures in fulfillment of God’s predetermined plan. This message was to be preached and those who believed in Christ Jesus would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and eternal life. Those who rejected this message would be eternally condemned.
The key truth to verify who Jesus is revolves around the resurrection. If there is no resurrection from the dead, Christ is not raised either and our faith is in vain. We are without hope because we are dead in our sins. But thanks be to God, Jesus did rise from the dead! This is an historical fact that can be researched and proven by the many witnesses who saw Jesus alive, heard Him speak to them, and even touched Him and felt His wounds. Our faith is not in vain! “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” (1st Corinthians 15:20-22) You can use this passage to defend the resurrection as an historic fact! We are alive!