Digging in Deeper: John 20:28

“Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!'”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Thomas has been affixed for centuries with the rather unfortunate moniker, “Doubting Thomas,” because of his entirely justifiable disbelief of the other disciples when they reported to him that they had seen the risen Lord Jesus.  He is held out as a model of the kind of doubt-filled faith that believers should want to avoid.  Nobody wants to be like Thomas.  And yet, given the trajectory of his life and confession from that point forward, perhaps that is not such a fair assessment as he actually deserves. Read the rest…

1 Corinthians 15:12-14

“Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Pay close attention to Paul’s argument and his conclusion here because this is perhaps the single most important argument in the whole of the Scriptures in terms of its central importance to the Christian faith.  The resurrection is the historical event on which the whole of the Christian faith rests.  If we can successfully prove this one thing, everything else that we claim to be right and true flows from it.  Everything.  Without it, the whole structure of the faith crumbles and falls into the dust.  If you were to choose one truth claim of the Christian faith to make sure someone else believes and understands, this is the one.   Read the rest…