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Sunday Devotion: 10 February 2019, Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday Devotions

Christ died for our sins

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Main readings: Isaiah 6.1-8 (9-13); Ps 138; 1 Corinthians 15.1-11; Luke 5.1-11

 Supplementary readings: Ps 33.13-21; Luke 5.17-26

“For 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…” (1 Corinthians 15:3)

I think it’s harder now than at any other time to be a Christian in Australia. The church is often on the nose – for reasons we both understand and mourn. Some of the conversations in social media regarding Christianity and debates about religious freedom can take their toll. Do you, on a bad day, wonder if any of what we believe is really true?

Our Epistle reading this week (1 Corinthians 15:1-11), is probably one of the earliest pieces of Christian literature recorded. Some scholars date it as early as 55AD, with vv3b-4 in existence independently as the earliest of creeds. Written so close to Jesus’ earthly ministry, we can and should have great confidence in its historical reliability.

On those dark days of doubt we all face, return to the historical reliability of God’s word and be assured that we can know the truth about Jesus. So brilliant is our God – so wise and loving – that He didn’t just provide for our sins to be forgiven through Jesus’ death, but made sure we could know that the account of Jesus’ life, death and physical resurrection is reliable!

Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and then raised from death! Rest in these foundational truths today and see again the riches of God’s grace – even for the darkest day!

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