WEEK 9, DAY 1: I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body
Throughout this message series we’ve looked into a number of core teachings of the Christian faith. From God the Father, to Jesus Christ, His death, His resurrection, the Holy Spirit, the holy church, the forgiveness of sins, and more. Yet there are two more lines in the Apostles’ Creed that must be covered. The creed ends with, [I believe in] the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.
As we begin to dissect these statements, let’s go ahead and acknowledge that people, in general, don’t like to talk about death. We don’t even like to think about death. The fact that you’re reading about death at this moment may be causing you a little anxiety. But without death, we would be unable to get into the topic of resurrection. And without resurrection, we would be unable to discuss the victory we have in Christ.
It’s worth noting, therefore, that the Apostles’ Creed does not end on a somber note about death. Instead, it ends in complete and total celebration. In fact, the end of the Apostles’ Creed is so celebratory we ought finish it triumphantly, loudly praising God because we can rest in the confident truth that death has no victory, but Jesus is Victor.
READING & JOURNALING:
1 CORINTHIANS 15:12-20, 15:54-57, 1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-14
What thoughts came to your mind as you read the end of the devotional today, “… the end of the Apostles’ Creed is so celebratory we ought finish it triumphantly, loudly praising God because we can rest in the confident truth that death has no victory, but Jesus is Victor?”
What questions, if any, do you have from today’s Scripture reading? Where will you go to find the answers to them?
Heavenly Father, I confess that I may loudly shout during moments of excitement and celebration, but I don’t always think excited or celebratory thoughts while reading the Apostles’ Creed. May the truths of Your Word give me a new perspective on what’s really worth celebrating. 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: Jeremiah 31:31-40, 32, & 33
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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