Saturday, April 16, 2022

Phillips: the reliability of the Resurrection

Saturday, April 16, 2022
    Holy Saturday
    And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith... But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
    —1 Corinthians 15:14,20 (NIV)
    It is, of course, impossible to exaggerate the importance of the historicity of what is commonly known as the Resurrection. If, after all His claims and promises, Christ had died and merely lived on as a fragrant memory, He would only be revered as an extremely good but profoundly mistaken man. His claims to be God, His claims to be Himself the very principle of life, would be mere self-delusion. His authoritative pronouncements on the nature of God and Man and Life would be at once suspect. Why should He be right about the lesser things if He was proved to be completely wrong in the greater?
    ... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), Your God is Too Small [1953], Simon and Schuster, 2004, p. 110 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 15:14,20; Luke 24:38-43; John 8:58; 14:8-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, place my feet on the firm foundation of Your promises.
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