Acts 22:30-23:22; Judges 19; Psalm 44
I always teach kids that they have to go back to basics. In football, it’s the stance, blocking, and tackling. In baseball, it’s hitting and throwing. In our faith, what sets us apart is the belief that Jesus rose from the dead. If the resurrection is true, how can any other belief compare with following Jesus? If the resurrection is not true, then there is nothing about our beliefs that is essentially different from other religions. That belief is divisive now, even among many who claim to be Christians, and it has been divisive from the beginning of our faith. When Paul was facing a hostile mob that sought to kill him, he focused on this belief to divide the opposition. “Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, ‘My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. I stand on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead.’ When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. (Acts 23:6-7) The Sadducees didn’t believe in the possibility of resurrection. The Pharisees believed in a resurrection and the two groups had a lot of tension between them. The riot started because of a misunderstanding of what Paul had done, Paul brought it down to the truth: those who had attacked him attacked him on the basis of his belief in a resurrection. That is the basic building block of our faith.
Lord God, we live in a world that just can’t believe in the supernatural – especially the idea that someone rose from the dead. Let my life show the changing power of Jesus to others. Let my life be proof of His resurrection as I follow You.