Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

V 6After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.

There is no record of this event in the gospels, or in the Book of Acts written by Luke, but Paul states it as historically significant and also makes it clear that it could be checked out with some surviving witnesses.

These significant facts of Jesus’ death and resurrection have always formed the core of the Christian message. Paul makes no attempt to put Jesus’ miracles at the heart of his message, nor the facts of Jesus’ birth and background. What we do find Paul doing is stating the basic facts and explaining the significance and effect of them. Unashamedly, he calls it the message of Salvation, because our eternity depends on it. Jesus was not simply some kind of social reformer, nor was He just setting us an example of how we should live. Sure – He was demonstrating love, but it was sacrificial love. Life wasn’t snatched from Him, he freely and voluntarily gave His life to deal with the guilt that accompanied our wrongdoing, and the punishment that it all deserved.

I will gladly affirm that Jesus died to deal with my sin and reconcile me to His Heavenly Father. Then He rose again, demonstrating His power over sin and death. It is faith that grasps this, and then is willing to live it out daily.

Friday 19th November Daily Notes from the Hub