Dr. David Jeremiah Daily Devotionals September 5 2022 : I Was Dead :
I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!
Revelation 1:18, NIV
Recommended Reading: Mark 16:1-8
British pastor Richard Bewes said that during the years before Jesus arrived on earth, the world’s greatest philosophers had debated issues of life and death. “Then came the message of the resurrection of Jesus,” wrote Bewes in his book, The Resurrection: Fact or Fiction. “If it had been simply a whispered legend of some unknown person living in Palestine, it might have remained an interesting after-dinner topic of conversation…for a while. But here was far more than a story in an ancient book. People were completely transformed in outlook. The personality of Christ blazed out in their conviction. And they were ready to die for their unshakable confidence in the message of Christ crucified and now alive for ever.”
There’s no way to overestimate the joy, praise, worship, adoration, and victory that floods our lives because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because of His resurrection, we can worship Him. Take a moment and repeat the words of Jesus out loud, sensing their wonder: “I was dead, and now look, I am alive forever and ever!”
In the first century there were no media at all…. If Jesus Christ had not, clearly and without doubt, been raised bodily from the grave we would have never heard of him.