“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…”
1 Corinthians 15:3–4
Into the devastation of our world came the God-man Jesus Christ. A man who outrageously said He was God; a man who ripped to verbal shreds those who lived in self-righteous piety as He spoke with compassion and forgiveness to those who knew they were crippled with the ravages of the guilt of sin. He came to nail to the cross the record of sin’s debt that stood against us with its moral, legal demands as He took upon Himself our punishment to die in our place.
We Christians know that our belief is grounded in a Person who lived, who died and who rose again. Because of Him we know what it is to be brand-new, forgiven and clean. Because of Him we know that death will not hold us, for the hold death had on us is forever gone.
In the glimmering dawn of the first Easter, the women who came to minister to a dead man, found instead an empty tomb.
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?
The sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:55–57
“…who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord…”
He is risen!
He is risen, indeed!
Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter