Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Daily Devotion: A Biblical View of the Resurrection

Bible Reading: Acts 26:1-8

Key Verse: Verse 8- “Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?"

Key Words: that God should raise the dead

We read in Acts 26:8, “Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

I often ask myself how it is even possible that men should doubt the resurrection from the dead. It is far more incredible that there should be no resurrection. The question of Paul to King Agrippa was, “Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?” If there is no resurrection, this life really has no meaning; it becomes hollow and empty. Then God Who created us is a God of sheer sorrow...is this life all there is? Is life just a few years of alternating between crying and laughing, mostly crying, and then death? Then we must say with the Apostle Paul, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” But the resurrection should not be incredible to us, for all things around us remind us of the resurrection. The buds on the trees, the flowers in the garden, the emerging of life after a long winter of inactivity, all point to the resurrection.

In an ancient tomb in France, buried under the debris, archaeologists found flower seeds which had been there for 2,000 years! The explorers took the seeds and planted them and to everyone’s amazement, they grew. Egyptian garden peas which had been buried for 3,000 years were brought and planted, and you guessed it, within a few days they had germinated and broken ground–buried 3,000 years and then resurrected to life! Why then should it be thought a thing incredible that God should raise the dead? If God can cause a lump of clay to become alive at the creation of man, then again, I ask, how can man not believe in the resurrection? To me the most incredible thing would be for Jesus to live the life He lived and then remain dead. Hallelujah! Christ arose!

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes;
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign:
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah, Christ arose!

Amen and amen! And because He lives, I too can and will live for eternity. So can you, by believing that Jesus is the Christ, your Savior. While the world scoffs at the resurrection, God’s Word proclaims its reality.

What to do:
✞ As a believer, proclaim that Jesus lives and that He rose from the grave.
✞ If you are an unbeliever, today accept the reality of the resurrection and accept Jesus as your Savior.

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