First Hand

1 Corinthians 15: 3-4 (NIV)  For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.

There were several scriptures that foretold the life and work of the coming Messiah. Isaiah 53:7 is one of them, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”

There is a difference of telling a story from second hand and first hand experience. When someone speaks out of first hand experience, it carries greater weight.

Though Paul was not one of the disciples, he met Jesus on the road to Damascus and experienced His power first hand. He learned for himself that Jesus was the Messiah and Savior. Though he had studied the scriptures, it took a first hand encounter to really know the one spoken of in the scriptures.

It is because of his experience that Paul is able to speak with authority and spread the word of Jesus Christ as Messiah, Savior, Lord and redeemer.

Jesus invites all of us to meet him where we are. He wants to shine light into our darkness and reveal the hope we have been missing. When we finally believe in who Jesus is and what he has done for us, we become resurrection people because we serve a resurrected Lord. We die to our doubts, our fears, and our selfish desires and are risen to new life in Christ. We become finally free and empowered to share our new life with others.

So, as we go our way today, remember we serve a resurrected Lord. We are resurrection people. We live in faith, power and freedom. So, let us share that with others in as many ways that we can with as many people as we can.

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