WEEK 3, DAY 4: On the Third Day He Rose from the Dead
Without a doubt, the entirety of the Christian faith rests on Jesus’ resurrection. And while the New Testament is filled with passages on the importance of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, there are two major themes that are foundational for the Christian faith.
First, the resurrection shows that Jesus is the true Son of God. While HIs disciples and countless others had thought Jesus was the Son of God, his resurrection left no doubt. As such, every knee will bow at the name of Jesus (Philippians 2:10-11). One day, all will know who Jesus really is, as He will judge the world in justice (Acts 17:30-31).
Second, Jesus’ resurrection shows that Christians are now justified through our faith in Him (Romans 4:24-25). The New Bible Dictionary notes that the word justified is a legal term meaning “to acquit, to declare righteous, or the opposite of condemn.” All who have truly professed faith in Jesus and believed in Him are justified before God. He sees us pure, holy, righteous, and without blemish. He sees us as His beloved daughters and sons.
READING & JOURNALING:
Some are able to grasp that, “Jesus died for the whole world,” but struggle to accept that, “Jesus died for me.” Do you struggle to accept that you are worthy of God’s love?
For all who have professed faith in Christ, answer the following question by writing out your response in a minimum of 3-5 sentences: What thoughts come to mind as you ponder that God sees you as His beloved daughter or son?
Heavenly Father, today I’m tremendously thankful that You see me as Your beloved daughter or son. May I rest in this truth each and every day, knowing that You have declared me worthy of Your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: 1 Kings 3 & 6
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
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