Spiritual Reflection

 

The Unique Resurrection of Jesus

Why is Christ’s resurrection unique? (1) He’s the only one who didn’t die again, In Scripture all others who rose from the dead, died again, Jesus was the glorious exception, Consequently, “He was made a priest…through the power of a life which has no end” (Heb 7:16 GNT), His testimony stands: “I was dead…I am alive for ever” (Rev 1:18 NIV), (2) He alone ascended into Heaven to represent us before God, Other priests died and ceased to serve, But Jesus was “declared…a priest forever” (Heb 7:17 NIV). And He’s not sitting around awaiting the second coming; He’s representing us before God, “He entered heaven itself…to appear for us in God’s presence” (Heb 9:24 NIV). That means no accusation against us can stand, “Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died… is at the right hand of God…interceding for us” (Ro 8:34 NIV). (3) He has the power to resurrect you when you die. Jesus comforted His disciples with this awesome promise: “Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live” (Jn 14:19 NIV). And that promise applies to you too! “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven…the dead in Christ will rise first… we who are still alive… will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever” (1Th 4:16-17 NIV). What a day that will be!
Reference
Daily Devotional: The Word for You Today. (2019,March-April-May). Celebration, Inc. page 31.
 
 
Scriptural Reflection: 2 Corinthians 9:6-13
 
Generosity Encourages
6Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.