Monday, April 22, 2019

The Bedrock Of Our Faith

By: Joanne Viola

People may dismiss the claim of Christ’s resurrection because of the “impossibility” of it all. Truly it must be accepted by faith, after all, science would never be able to prove it.
“The physical resurrection of Christ is a bedrock belief of Christian faith. In fact, the apostle Paul says in
1 Corinthians 15:14: “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith,” and we might as well “eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (15:32). On what basis might people dismiss the Christian claim of the resurrection of Christ? Does it really matter if Christ was raised or not?”
(from Discover Jesus by Dr. Henrietta C. Mears, page 152)
Believing in the resurrection of Jesus matters is of the utmost importance. Three truths emerge from the life and death of Christ:
  1. With His life, Jesus shows us how to live. “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did”
    (1 John 2:6, NLT). Jesus lived His life here on earth in union with God, showing love to those around Him. And so we should live our days.
  2. With His death, Jesus shows us the way to salvation. “For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22b, NLT). We gain salvation through the shed blood of Jesus on the Cross. Christ’s death established the new covenant, providing complete forgiveness of sin.
  3. With His resurrection, Jesus shows us the way to overcome death. “But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57, NLT). He lives forever and therein, lies our hope of living with Him forever. 
All three aspects are key to our faith and relationship with Christ.
Jesus, Only Jesus.
In His life. In His death. In His resurrection.


  1. I am SO grateful for the resurrection and all that it means to us as believers. What a beautiful day yesterday to focus so steadily on the open tomb. Thanks for reminding us again today, Joanne. May we always be grateful for the resurrection.

    1. Lisa, we move on so quickly to the next day, the next activity, the next thought. May we linger a bit and remember all the resurrection brings to us. Blessings!

  2. Great reflections, Joanne! The truth of the Resurrection is so crucial. We need to hold on to the amazing hope it gives us!

    1. So true, Leslie. We need to hold onto, and hold out, the amazing hope His resurrection brings to us. Blessings!

  3. Joanne,
    Great truth to have at the foundation of our faith...without these key truths, our faith is all "fluff". Resurrection and salvation are the keys to grace and grace differentiates Christianity from all other religions. Great post!
    Bev xx

    1. Bev, I so appreciated your thoughts. "Grace differentiates Christianity from all other religions." You reminded me of the old hymn which says, "Oh for grace to trust Him more." May we keep trusting Him every day in increasing measure!

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