Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 23, 2018

“if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” – But, Christ has been raised. “He is risen” – “Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 16:1-13.

“When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him.  Very early on the first day of the week, they *came to the tomb when the sun had risen.  They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”  Looking up, they *saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large.  Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe;  and they were amazed.  And he *said to them, “Do not be amazed;  you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified.  He has risen;  He is not here;  behold, here is the place where they laid Him.  But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee;  there you will see Him, just as He told you.’”  They went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had gripped them;  and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

[Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons.  She went and reported to those who had been with Him, while they were mourning and weeping.  When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they refused to believe it.

After that, He appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking along on their way to the country.  They went away and reported it to the others, but they did not believe them either.”  Mark 16:1-13.


The historical event of the resurrection shines through the dark clouds of doubt.

We live in a day of “your truth” and “my truth” and of “your faith” and “my faith” as if objective truth does not mean anything, only subjective belief and desire.

Today’s Scripture builds up no man.  There were reactions of being “amazed”, “trembling and astonishment”, “they were afraid”, “they refused to believe it”, and “they did not believe them either.”

The truth of “He has risen” was not dependent on their faith and stands out more clearer against the background of their unbelief.

The importance of the resurrection occurring as a true historical event can be seen from Scripture.

“Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised;  and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.  Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.  For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised;  and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless;  you are still in your sins.  Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.”  1 Corinthians 15:12-19.

“He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.”  Romans 4:25.

Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power.”  1 Corinthians 15:14.


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