"But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep." — 1 Corinthians 15:20 (NIV)
I always enjoyed watching the David Copperfield magic shows and other magic acts on TV. It was fascinating to watch these sleights of hand that never failed to amaze. But eventually, I would begin to wonder, "How does he do that?" Then, when I would watch shows that would explain some of the more common magic tricks, the fascination and amazement, not surprisingly, would evaporate. The resurrection of Jesus is not magic — it is the work of God — but it often leads us to ask "How did it happen?" And when we can't figure out a satisfactory explanation we may begin to wonder "Did it really happen?" It's not a question that just we ask. It's a question people have been asking since the earliest days of the Church, as Paul's first letter to the church at Corinth attests. At some point, we have to realize that belief in the resurrection, indeed belief in Christ requires faith, not proof. The truth behind the resurrection is beyond our comprehending, but it was accomplished for us so that we may not fear death. Stepping out in faith is not easy, and it won't give us any easy explanations. But it can bring us peace.
Prayer: Holy God, give us faith to trust in the promise of the resurrection. Amen.
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