TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, May 20, 2019:
Resurrected from the dead.
Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the scriptures and that He appeared to Peter and then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time.
I Corinthians 15:3-6.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
It might seem timelier to speak of a word like RISEN at Easter. But we have had some of our readers ask for more information on if and why Jesus rose from the dead. Therefore, even though it is May, let us remind you that we should celebrate the resurrection of our Lord each and every day. It is an acknowledged historical FACT that Jesus rose from the grave on the third day after His crucifixion which we celebrate as Easter Sunday (Luke 24:34).
The resurrection of Christ is the center of the Christian faith. It is because Christ rose from the dead as He foretold that we can trust that all He said is true and that He is God, the Son of the one true and eternal God.
And because of this we know that Jesus is alive today, He has resurrected from the dead, He is interceding with God on our behalf and because of His resurrection we can have confidence in knowing that our sins are forgiven. Through His death on the cross, the debt for our sins has been paid in full. Because of the shedding of His blood on the cross we are forgiven.
We are sure you noticed that we said the resurrection of Jesus is a fact. But, unfortunately, many people in the world we live in today do not believe that it is a fact. We can say it is a fact because first of all we believe that the Bible is the Word of God and God does not lie. No one has ever been able to prove that any portion of the Bible is not true.
There were eye witnesses to the death and resurrection as recorded in the Bible. In courts of law, legal proceedings, especially in trials, depend on witnesses who give testimony concerning what they have seen or observed or heard. We read in I Corinthians 15: 3-6 that there were many eye witnesses to the death and resurrection of Jesus. Also, many scientists and the most learned people in the world have done all they can to discredit this fact and have failed. Just because someone says that they do not believe it happened does not mean they are right. There is more reason to believe than to not believe.
Because Jesus died and was resurrected, we have confidence that our sins have been forgiven and that the Lord is actively involved in our lives if we have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior. There are so many promises in the Bible (some 3,000) that gives us confidence that Jesus is involved in our lives. He promised that if we abide in Him and do His will we will bear much fruit. Jesus gives us confidence in the power of prayer because He has risen. And finally, because He has risen, we have the confidence that Jesus is preparing a place in heaven for us to spend eternity with Him.
Be assured today that you serve a risen Savior and put your trust in Him today.
Our memory verse for this week is found in James 1:12.
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Thank You for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. Thank You that You now are my risen Savior and alive and interceding for me before my Heavenly Father. Help me to be a faithful and ardent witness to the truth of my Savior’s death and resurrection.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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