A few days back I asked the question, “What, or who, would you be willing to die for?”
As Paul rounds off his opening section on the resurrection of Jesus, (verses 1-11) we are again confronted with this question.
Having provided an extensive list of eyewitnesses to the risen Jesus, Paul brings our thoughts back to the point of it all. “Regardless of who brought this message to you, whether it was other leaders or me, it was the same message and it had the same result – you believed!”
And this belief is not mere mental assent to a series of statements about Jesus. “Belief” means you are persuaded by what you have heard – so persuaded that you actively rely upon it and place your confidence in it.
This is what it means to be a Christian – you have placed your confidence and trust in the message that Jesus died for our sin, rose from the dead and freely offers forgiveness to everyone who asks for it.
“This is what we have all preached”, says Paul, “and you have believed it!”
Importantly, you are also placing your faith and trust in a Person. The most truthful, honest Person the world has ever seen and Who loves you deeply.
He loves you enough to tell you that your sin will keep you from knowing God. But He loves you so much that He does not leave you there.
He voluntarily died for you, to pay the penalty for your sin and having risen from the dead, He now invites you to put your confidence and trust in Him and what He has done.
This is why we can live with hopeful truth.
Because the death of Jesus is true.
His resurrection from the dead is true.
His offer of forgiveness is true.
Most important of all – He is true.
For reflection: Having spent the last two weeks reflecting on the death and resurrection of Jesus, how has this challenged your beliefs about Him? What do you now believe, or are coming to believe, about Him?