The Tabernacle Scroll
“…. Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and….he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures…” (1 Cor. 15:3-4 NIV).
I recall reading the story about a young boy who was standing outside an art store looking intently at a painting of Jesus on the cross. A man came up to him and asked,
“ Do you know who that is?”
He replied “ Yes, Sir, that is Jesus the Saviour who died on the cross to save me. Those people who are standing around with spears are the soldiers who nailed him to the cross. And that woman who is weeping was his mother.”
The man patted the boy approvingly on the head and walked away. Before he had gone far he felt someone tugging at his coat sleeve. The same little boy he had spoken to moments ago said, “Please Sir, I forgot to tell you something important. Jesus is not on that cross anymore. He is alive because he rose again. He is in heaven today.”
The little boy knew the truth of the gospel. He knew the living Saviour who died and rose again.
Let's not forget that the climax of the gospel is the fact of the resurrection of Jesus. Every time that the Apostles preached, their sermons included the good news that Jesus is not dead. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians, “if only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (verses 19-22).
Let us not be turned aside by any other gospel. No matter how eloquent a sermon might be, it is not the gospel if it leaves Jesus on the cross or in the tomb. A dead man cannot save! We can have a living faith only because we preach a living Christ.
How do you speak about Jesus? Do you know him personally and proclaim him as your living Saviour?
Let’s be precise about the way in which we phrase the truth; the good news of the gospel is not that Jesus lived and died, but that (having lived) he died and lives again! The difference is a matter of life and death for us!
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