Wednesday, April 28, 2010

First Things First

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures... (1 Cor. 15:3-4; ESV)

First priority: ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES... This means that Scripture pointed out the plan of God from the beginning.  It was not a surprise that had never been revealed.  Rather it was an event that had never been discovered in Scripture prior to Jesus fulfilling what Scripture said.

First priority continued: According to the Scriptures, Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised on the third day.

That's the priority.  Jesus' death.  Jesus' burial.  Jesus' resurrection.  And these are the things that Paul first received (if it works for Paul, it works for me).   In 1 Corinthians 1:23, Paul stated that "...we preach Christ crucified." Paul's main message was the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.  Shouldn't that be our main message still today? How often am I focused on teaching about things that are secondary while neglecting the things that are of primary importance?

Jesus - Please help me teach ONLY the things that you want me to teach, no matter what. I'm convinced that if the primary things are focused on, everything else will be worked out as your Holy Spirit leads and guides.

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