091014: Alive Again
Lots of people ask for proof that God is real and that Jesus is who He says He is. The proof is the resurrection and the empty tomb. After all the resurrection talk started back in the first century, all anyone needed to do was produce the dead body of Jesus, and this whole Christianity business would have been squashed. But no crucified, dead body could ever be found because God had indeed raised Jesus. Life went back into that body. Paul writes:
- “…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also…” 2 Corinthians 15:3-8 (NKJ).
In any court case, credible eyewitness testimony is key to solving the case. It can be extremely difficult to get people’s stories it jive. But in the case of the resurrection of Jesus, the testimony of Peter (Cephas), the rest of the apostles (the inner circle of the twelve), over 500 other followers (the brethren), James, and then Paul himself, all corroborated. All these eyewitnesses saw the resurrected Christ.
Jesus is alive, and His life proves the existence and reality of God.
God continues today to breathe life into dead situations. Let Him breathe His life into the deadness you are facing, and then worship Him for being the Life-giver.
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