Tuesday, February 02, 2016

By His Power Raised

Speak or think these words until God is at the center of your mind.
All the people among whom you live shall see the work of the Lord; for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.
—Exodus 34:10b

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But, in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.
—1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Q. What does the resurrection of Christ profit us?
A. First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, that he might make us partakers of that righteousness which he had purchased for us by his death; secondly, we are also by his power raised up to a new life; and lastly, the resurrection of Christ is a sure pledge of our blessed resurrection.
—Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 17, Question 45

(Suggested tune: How Firm a Foundation
Success has not come by a sword in our hand,
nor by our own strength have we conquered a land;
but rather it was by the light of your face,
your right hand and arm, for you showed us your grace.
—Psalm 44:3

Let this prayer help guide the personal prayers that follow.
Jesus Christ our Savior, you have delivered us from death and sin. You have brought with the dawn a new beginning and an empty tomb; grant us strength and humility to enter into life...
—A New Zealand Prayer Book

(Spoken aloud or silently)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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