PROCLAIMING THE RISEN CHRIST
Paul gloried in the cross and refused to preach anything except Christ and Him crucified, but to him the cross stood for the whole redemptive work of Christ.
In his epistles Paul writes of the incarnation and the crucifixion, yet he stops not at the manger or the cross but constantly sweeps our thoughts on to the resurrection and upward to the ascension and the throne. "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me" (Matthew 28:18), said our risen Lord before He went up on high, and the first Christians believed Him and went forth to share His triumph.
"With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all" (Acts 4:33).
Should the Church shift her emphasis from the weakness of the manger and the death of the cross to the life and power of the enthroned Christ, perhaps she might recapture her lost glory.
It is worth a try.
With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.
— Acts 4:33
Christ is not confined to a manger or to a cross. He is risen! We serve a risen Savior! Is our worship, prayer, and empowering centered in the risen Christ?
It is Your resurrection, Lord, that culminates Your identification with humankind, Your death for our sin, and Your victory. You are risen!