Daily Devotion - March17, 2021 - The Gospel Made Clear

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – March 17, 2021

Reading:.1 Corinthians 15:1-28
Weekly Theme: From Death to Life
Today: The Gospel Made Clear

 

This week’s theme is not one that is probably going to draw lots of readers since it has the “d” word in it. In all of our “humanness”, we certainly are not naturally called to think about death… our own death or that of anyone else for that matter. However, it should draw a lot of readers, because Paul in his letter to the people of Corinth starts by writing that he wants to make the gospel clear to his brothers and sisters in Corinth and begins with this statement about the message of the gospel that is “most important” to be passed on to them: that Christ died for our sins, was buried and was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures.

Jesus, who was both divine and human, who knew no sin, yet died for our sins so that we might be forgiven, receive eternal life and be set free in this life from the burden of sin. He was buried indicative that he experienced human death so that on the third day he was raised from being dead; this was all possible so that he might overcome both sin and death. Jesus then appeared to Peter, to the twelve, and to more than 500 brothers and sisters at the same time, then to James, then to all the apostles, and also appeared to Paul.  Jesus' life, death, burial, resurrection and ascension to be seated next to God is the gospel of Jesus Christ.  It is

Paul says he was not worthy to be called an apostle because he persecuted the church but by God’s grace “now” preaches and believes the gospel...that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and raised from the dead... out of his love and deep appreciation for God’s grace and love.  Paul was empowered and motivated to serve God by teaching and preaching others. If we believe Christ has not died and has not been raised, all we have preached is useless. If the dead are not raised, then Christ is not raised either and all biblical teaching is refuted. Just as in (or through) Adam all die, so also in (or through) Christ all will be made alive. We are given hope and promise that to die to sin is to be raised to new life in this life on earth and to also be raised to a new life in Christ that is eternal.

Death is a mystery and because we have never experienced it, we may be afraid of dying.   But because Christ died for and experienced the penalty for our sin, we can experience a more abundant life now, and eternally after our physical death. Praise be to God, that Jesus will abolish all rule, authority and power and then will abolish the last enemy which is death. Praise be to God we can be free from the burdens of sin and death, and have hope and assurance in eternal life.

Dear God, thank you for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Help us to understand it completely, to embrace it and to proclaim it so that others can be raised from spiritual death to new life and have a more abundant life now and forevermore. Amen.

 
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