Daily Devotional – Tuesday April 10, 2007
1 Corinthians 15:12-28
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
Greetings dear reader and welcome back to Tuesday with John. I hope you have experienced a wonderful Lent and Easter and that the Lord has enriched your life during this time. For me it was a time of reflection; a time to stop and smell the roses and take inventory of the good things in my life. I find I do not do this enough as I rush around meeting all my obligations.
The fact that you are reading this means that you are taking the time to focus on what is important to you – The lord. Good for you! I am blessed to have this opportunity to take the time to consider the Lord through his Word and to prepare this devotional on a weekly basis. It is s form of therapy that enriches my life.
Having just celebrated the death and resurrection of our Lord, Paul’s comforting words to the Church in Corinth are made even more powerful. He challenges those that might question the resurrection. He comes at it from the other direction. If there was no resurrection then all hope is in vain and man remains in sin for eternity and all we have to look forward to is death. The Easter celebration provides the proof to me that Jesus is the Messiah and is my Savior. It also reminds me that what happened to Jesus can and will happen again. Just as Jesus’ spirit was released from the bounds of death, so can --and will mine. Death is the ultimate enemy of mankind and Jesus showed us the ultimate victory.
It was wonderful on Sunday to participate in the worship Services at Saint Matthews and to experience the presence of God among us as we claim our faith and say thanks. Just as Jesus was delivered to his Father in heaven, Jesus will deliver us as well.
Isn’t this worth taking a few moments every day to think about? We might even smell a rose or two while we are doing it.
God bless you this day and every day!
John Dickie, April 10, 2007