Friday, April 14, 2017

Christ Our Hope

Key Bible Verse: But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. (1 Corinthians 15:20)

Dig Deeper: 

For just one moment, imagine that the resurrection of Jesus actually happened. Imagine that there really was a dead heart that started beating again. Imagine that Jesus walked into death only to turn around and reenter life. Imagine what that would mean.

How would that change things? If the resurrection of Jesus actually happened, then really just about anything is possible, isn’t it? I mean anything. Consider all the unlikely stories in the Bible. The story of Lazarus raised from the grave. The story of the fishes and the loaves multiplied. The story of the walls of Jericho crumbling to the ground. Or even the story of the prophet Jonah sitting in the belly of a giant fish for three whole days. Many of our intellectual brains don’t know what to do with stories like this: Three days, really? Really? Is that really a possibility?

Resurrection pretty much opens the doors to anything impossible. That’s why A. W. Tozer once said that he would have believed the story even if Jonah had swallowed the fish. Anything is possible when you believe in resurrection. If resurrection has happened, then what else is outside the realm of possibility?

To be a Christian is to have that kind of hope.

– A. J. Swoboda in A Glorious Dark

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