Words from the Heart for Saturday March 31st, 2018
And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.
I Corinthians 15:15 (NLT)
On this day between the crucifixion and the resurrection it was very quiet in the garden among the tombs. Were the followers of Jesus expecting Him to come back from the dead as He had promised them? If He does rise from the dead, then that is all the evidence ever needed that truly He is the Son of God. It is never useless to place our trust in what He says!
An international panel of experts says a common, minimally invasive surgery is largely useless for knee problems stemming from arthritis. Yet most arthroscopic knee surgeries in Canada are performed for this common condition. The panel of physicians, physiotherapists, academics and patients reviewed 13 randomized trials with control groups and found patients who underwent the procedure had the same outcomes as those who didn’t. With an average cost of $1,300 per procedure, the figures suggests $31 million in health-care spending that likely had no long-term benefit to the patient.
On this day between Good Friday and Resurrection Day, God’s people take time to ponder all that this weekend means. Even though we have yet to come to the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, we live on this side of the resurrection, so we know how it all turned out. We can’t help but live in a constant state of joy and wonder as we consider the empty tomb. 1 Corinthians 15:15 says, “And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.” Paul is making a strong point. If Jesus had remained in the tomb, His disciples, defeated and hopeless, would have simply returned to their old life and we would never have heard of Jesus or any of the apostles. We would be constantly living in the day after the crucifixion and never in the day before the resurrection. There would be no hope, no life, no joy. How miserable we would be. But, we know how it all turned out. Christ was raised. Our preaching is now with transformational power and our faith assures us of our own resurrection day yet to come. Hallelujah!
These have been words from the heart.