Lenten Devotional – Day 2
In the past few years I’ve noticed Easter seems to pass me by. Scripture shows again and again that Christ’s death and resurrection are the pivotal event in history. I desire to commemorate its significance more fully but I don’t know how to get there.
The apostle Paul tackles the subject of Christ’s resurrection in a letter to the early church members in Corinth. We benefit today by reading Paul’s answers to their questions.
But tell me this – since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. And we apostles would all be lying about God – for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.
My problem is deeper than just recognizing the significance of the Resurrection on it’s own. I must face my need for the resurrection by grasping what my spiritual and eventually physical condition is apart from Christ’s finished work.
That’s uncomfortable. I don’t like thinking about the areas where I come up short. I don’t want to dwell on how I lack wisdom, self-control, kindness, patience or action. But, I believe the reality check is necessary to take inventory of my heart.
A jeweler often showcases a diamond against a black cloth to show its brilliance by contrast. In the same way, I hope that contrasting the depth of my need with the brilliance of His grace and love will increase His eternal value in my eyes and heart.
Do you want to serve a great and gracious King who has fought a losing battle for you and come out victorious? Take a moment and think about your need for Him. Now let’s thank Him together.