The Bible Speaks
“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel…” 1 Corinthians 15:1a
Pick up the local paper, turn on the television newscast, listen to the radio at the top of the hour and you will read and hear of a whole lot of trouble and heartache and pain. You will hear bad news and plenty of it. This world is filled with evil and those who perpetrate it. Although wickedness has been with us since the Garden, it seems there is more of it today than in times past. Is there any hope the tide will turn? Is there any chance that evil will be turned back and one day defeated?
Our text for today gives us hope, the only hope for change from the hopelessness of this world. It is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The word “gospel” means good news and that news is the coming of Jesus, God’s Son, into the world to live a sinless life; die by taking our sins upon Him, and rise from the dead to give to all who believe the same conquest of death. There is no better news that could be proclaimed than the way to have victory over the penalty, power, and one day, even the presence of sin. That is, of course, if it is true.
Many have said that the gospel is simply a crutch, a feel good false hope of a better life in the great beyond. In effect,
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they are saying it is “too good to be true.” The gospel, however, wasn’t just declared by Paul and others so that we would feel better about life. It was declared because they were witnesses to the facts of the gospel message. There were many witnesses to verify His sinless life; a large crowd watched Him die on a wooden cross; then, according to today’s text (v. 3-8), He rose from the grave to be seen alive by many over a period of 40 days. Those testifying to His resurrection were credible witnesses and the Apostle mentions to the Corinthians that many were still available to be interviewed about their testimony! These men and women were of sound mind and had no reason to lie. Many of them went to a martyr’s death because they refused to recant their testimony. All the evidence points to only one conclusion: Jesus rose from the grave; the gospel is true!
The Christian faith is NOT based upon false testimony, nor man’s philosophy of life, death and eternity. It is not a series of teachings or a system of belief. Christianity is based solely upon an historical event: Christ’s resurrection. The evidence of His resurrection is better attested to than any other event in ancient history. Many a skeptic, upon honest investigation of the historical record, has become a believer having been convinced by the evidence.
The Bible speaks of good news that cannot be honestly refuted. In a world of bad news and hopelessness, the gospel stands true and available to all. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, and you will be saved. Isn’t that good news?
The Rev. Bruce MacInnes is pastor of Turner’s Chapel.