Good morning, reader! Are you enjoying this series? Is it strengthening your spiritual foundation? I hope and pray it is! It definitely has added to my arsenal of Scriptures about Christ fulfilling all prophecies about His first and His fulfilling upcoming prophecies of His second coming!
Today’s verse is the same as the previous post because it is fulfilled in multiple ways. Let’s take a look. If you recall on the last post, I stated that if Christ had not risen from the dead our faith would be pointless – it would be in vain.
This is the crux of the entire Christian faith, amen? You may doubt that any of this happened, but that is the whole point of this series. It is my desire to help you to see that there were many witnesses who saw Jesus after His crucifixion (1 Corinthians 15:4-9). In a court of law today, two witnesses are usually enough to confirm a crime has been committed. It was required back in Christ’s time as well. Not only does the Bible speak of these witnesses, but there were historians who spoke and wrote about it. According to Wikipedia, the Apostle John lived until 100 AD. In that time, John’s disciples, Ignatius (35-117 AD) and Polycarp (69-155 AD), were hearing first hand from someone who had actually been with Jesus every day in Christ’s last three years. To top it off, they witnessed His resurrection. These two taught Iranaeus (120-202 AD) and he wrote about Polycarp’s conversations with John regarding Jesus’ bodily resurrection. In turn, Iranaeus told Hippolytus (170-236 AD). It is historians such as these that passed along the accounts until the Scriptures were put together for all of us to have the blessed opportunity to read! It is exactly the same as your family members passing down stories from their parents, who got it from their parents, and they got it from their parents! And on it goes. How can a person take these family stories as positive truth and not take the historians’ accounts of Christ? Christ’s history had well over 500 witnesses; your stories from your family may have 20 at best!
Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we would be lost. But the Good News is that He did rise again and all who believe in Him will be saved (Acts 16:31). Do you know Him personally or do you only know of Him? I was raised as a Catholic and I knew of Jesus Christ, but I did not know Him personally. Once the light of the Gospel was shed on my heart, I immediately went from knowing about Him to knowing Him personally. I want to be sure that anyone who reads the posts on this blog can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are going to Heaven. Have you received Christ as your Saviour? If no, your sins are not covered by His sacrificial offering of Himself. You have not been redeemed by His blood. It is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved if you are not already. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!