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Daily Devotional
July 3
 
But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
1 Corinthians 15:13-18
 
‘Show us a sign that You are Who You claim to be,’ they said. ‘One sign I’ll show you. Destroy this temple, this body, and in three days I will raise it up’ Jesus answered (John 2:19).

Houdini claimed that on the 50th anniversary of his death, he would come back from the dead. So on that date, a group of his followers gathered around his grave in San Francisco, waiting for him to return. They waited and waited and waited. Then they went home.

Jesus uniquely, singularly rose again from the dead. Lots of people make all sorts of claims, but our Hero, our Leader, our Lord Jesus Christ delivered. He came through. And had His offering not been acceptable, our Great High Priest would never have emerged from the tomb on Easter Sunday ...

As the high priest, dressed in linen, went into the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement to sprinkle blood on the mercy seat, the people would wonder and wait — for if the high priest was himself defiled, if the high priest was himself polluted by sin, he would be smitten dead in the Holy of Holies. But if he emerged, his linen garments sprinkled with blood, the people would know the offering took. They would know their sins were forgiven.

What about our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ? Wrapped in linen, He was placed in the tomb. All of Heaven wondered. All of history waited. Did the Offering take? Was His blood accepted? Because He emerged from the tomb on that glorious Easter Sunday, we know the Offering took; we know His blood was accepted; we know that we are forgiven.

Whether you’re talking to the skeptic on the campus, at work, or in your neighborhood, the issue is singular: Did Jesus rise from the dead? If He did, that makes Him unique in history. It validates His claim. And it means our sins are forgiven. The entire argument hinges on the single issue of the Resurrection.
 
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Days Journey" by Pastor Jon. "A Days Journey" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament.  If you would like your own copy of "A Days Journey" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store