Daily Devotion Friday, October 18

Friday, October 18, 2013 – Psalm 83; Jeremiah 38:14-28; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 and Matthew 11:1-6

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 – 3For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

This may be the earliest affirmation of faith of the Christian faith. This may be what the early Christians shared with one another. It does sum up what we believe. It states it very clearly. In some settings where I use it, I do insert “and that he appeared first to the women and then to Cephas,”. …  I insert the part about appearing to the women, because according to all the gospels, the women were the first witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection.

What jumped out at me today was the last line; 8Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. Paul is speaking about how Jesus appeared to him, but as we say the above we can hear this as being said about ourselves as well. The me can be you and me.

To us Jesus may not have appeared in the flesh, but yet through the Spirit and through others we have experienced the risen Christ. My prayer is that as I have seen the risen Christ in others, so may others see the risen Christ in me.

Friends hear the mystery of the faith;
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ with come again.

O Christ, I give you thanks this day that you died for all my sins and rose to show me that you have power over sin and death. Through your resurrection I sense how you can give me and all others new life. Lord, today, may others see you, the resurrected Christ, in me. Amen.

Psalm 83 – 18 Let them know that you alone,
whose name is the Lord,
are the Most High over all the earth.

O God, may all the world know that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.

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