Daily Devotion for April 17, 2020

SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

The Resurrection of Christ

1 Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2 through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain.

 

3 For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.

 

REFLECTION:

Lewis F. Galloway reasons that “Receiving the gospel is not simply giving assent to the articles of a creed. Receiving the gospel is not a matter of accruing one more good thing to a life that is already full of good things. Receiving the gospel is discovering in Christ a new center of existence, a new power for living, and a new perspective from which to view all things.”

 

The Gospel is the most life-changing thing in all creation. The Good News is more than just our promise of salvation. It opens the world to us in new ways. It opens our eyes that we might see new things. It opens our hearts that we might follow the two greatest commandments: love God and love our neighbors. But for the Gospel to do these things for us, we must fully accept it and live into it.

 

RESPONSE:

Consider this question and take time in crafting your response: What does it mean to you to receive the gospel?

 

PRAYER:

Loving God, we confess that often our perspective is limited. We fail to see ministry possibilities, or we don’t want to see them. Open our eyes and our hearts. Amen.

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