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Friday, April 20, 2012

FUTILE FAITH?

1 Corinthians 15:17 (TNIV) “… if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.”

People place their faith in many people and things. Those who place their faith in God are believing and relying on the fact that Jesus Christ rose from the grave. It is what we base our entire belief system on. Without that, we are believing in nothing more than a myth or legend. Did Jesus even exist? Jewish historian Flavius Josephus declared the following almost 2000 years ago (he was not a believer):

“3. (63) Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. (64) And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross [2], those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day [3], as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named for him, are not extinct at this day.”

"Flavius Josephus (c. A.D. 37-100) was born to an aristocratic Jewish family, served as a priest, and later became the commander of Jewish forces in Galilee following the revolt against Rome that began A.D. 66. Captured by the Romans, Josephus spent his later life in Rome under the patronage of the Roman emperors where he composed his history of the Jewish people and his account of the Jewish war that led to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in A.D. 70."*

Our faith is far from futile. Rejoice in the fact that Christ IS risen and that our sins are completely removed from us.

WALK WITH THE KING TODAY AND BE A BLESSING!!

*"Jewish Antiquities", by Flavius Josephus. Book 18, Chapter 3, paragraphs 1-5. Paragraph 3 is the Testimonium Flavianum itself, which contains the reference to Jesus Christ.