Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again.
(1 Corinthians 15:20 (NLT))
Just what do you consider to be a fact?
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, a fact is a thing done, something that has actual existence, an actual occurrence, or a piece of information presented as having objective reality – in fact : in truth.
I like that last one – “in truth.” Paul wrote to the people at Corinth about what he knew to be true. He had persecuted fellow Jews who claimed a faith in Jesus. He had his Damascus road experience that blinded him and also opened his eyes to the truth. He knew people who had seen Jesus die and then be resurrected. There was no mistaking the truth, for Paul had witnessed these events and had many of them happen to him.
I find it interesting that two thousand years later, people are saying that the accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection are not true. They are so far removed from the events that they have no one to interview. They have no one to listen to, or words to read of anyone who saw these events.
Isn’t it a shame that these people simply refuse to believe the Bible and the written accounts of the people who knew Jesus and who saw these events unfold? These are the same type of people who can read a simple sentence and twist the meaning around so that it sounds nothing like what was written.
Regardless of what people like this say, there is one fact. Paul wrote about it to the people at Corinth. We can still read his words today. The simple fact is that Jesus died and rose again.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
(Colossians 3:1 (NIV))
Professing a faith in Jesus as your Lord and savior brings salvation. The fact that Jesus has been raised from the dead should be enough to strengthen your faith that you will be part of that great harvest.
What is fact to you?