The Implanted Word

The essential insight of Christian faith is that death has been defeated—your death and mine. The challenge is to set aside our pride sufficiently to accept the gift of life and begin again.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” The second of those two conditions might be hardest. Yes, there is a God, one might say—and yes, in some abstract way, Jesus revealed him. Accepting this construct, it’s possible to say that Jesus is Lord and agree in principle with nearly any believer who says the same thing.

But do you believe that the gospel story is so relevant—and do you believe that you are so valuable—that God placed the defeat of death right into the midst of history, right into the midst of human events, so you could know you are saved and know you need not be troubled by the trials of this passing life?

“Receive with meekness the implanted word which is able to save your souls,” says James 1:21. Jesus went into the depth of the tomb in the same way that he goes into the depths of our hearts. The implanted word germinates within those depths, then flowers out.

[31 Days of James]