1 CORINTHIANS 15:24-26
Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
A common saying, I have heard during my church life has been, “I’m not religious, I’m a Christian!” and unfortunately when I look at the people who most often use this cliché, they seem to be VERY religious. And then I am convicted to repent for my judgemental attitude.
In yesterday’s post I said that Jesus brought about the end of religion through his death and resurrection, realising the semantics of that needs some clarification; Religion is mankind’s attempt to reach God while the life death and resurrection of God’s ‘one and only Son’ (John 3:16) was God’s attempt to restore relationship with mankind.
When Jesus said ‘it is finished’ he was declaring the ‘destruction of death’ and the beginning of the resurrection life, a new life of relationship over religion, a life lived in a constant relationship with us and God, destroying the dominion of religion.
In its simplest form, paraphrasing the ‘Great Commandment’ (Matthew 22:35-40, Mark 12:28, Luke 10:27) no longer a life going to church but a life being church together.
PRAYER: Jesus, I thank you for destroying death to make a relationship with you now and for all eternity possible. Amen.
Today's devotion written by Danny Brock, LifeWay Westside.