Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Key Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 ”For I delivered to as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he rose on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”
We have meditated on Isaiah 53 and what Christ went through for us. Today we look closer at Isa 53:10 in connection with 1 Corinthians 15. The Suffering Servant was to be put to death as a sacrifice for sins and buried in a borrowed tomb. More than likely, it would have been a bit odd to the readers to hear that he would also “see his offspring,” “prolong his days,” and make “the will of the Lord prosper.” These are all things that living people do! Prophecy can be a bit veiled in the OT (see Eph. 3); however, the sign of resurrection is surely here.
Paul would pick up on this in 1 Corinthians 15. He says twice that the Christ would die and rise “in accordance with the Scriptures.” He also cements this as a real historical event by appealing to eyewitness accounts. Finally, we have our own testimonies of the power of the risen Christ at work in our lives. So, when the world tells you that belief in Jesus is outdated, a waste of time, or just plain false, or if your heart tempts you to disbelieve, you have solid reasons to believe that your faith is true. The Gospel is grounded in historic fact as much as, if not more than, any other fact in history.
Questions to Consider:
How does Paul pointing out living eyewitnesses of the resurrection in their day help the people to whom he was writing? How does it help us? In what ways have you encountered doubt in your life or from other people? Who do you know that needs to hear the good news of the resurrection?
Spend some time praising God for the new life given to you through His resurrection.
Pray for friends, coworkers, and relatives who need to hear the gospel, and pray that the Lord would make you ready to share with them.