“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” – Mark 16:15-18
LIGHT FOR NOW: The gospel is a message of a person.
We have seen and established clearly that the message that was promised afore by the prophets in the scriptures was concerning Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. The gospel therefore is not in Jesus’ death, but in his resurrection from the dead. Recall, in Romans 15:8, Paul uses a word “confirm” in which from corroborative explanation, we saw that it meant “to establish”. Hence, in the resurrection of Jesus comes the establishment of the promises of God.
Thus, the gospel is in his resurrection. It is his resurrection that makes his death special. The resurrection of Jesus makes the death of Jesus unique. This was what Paul explained in Romans 10 which reads “But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above. Or, who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ from the dead). But what sayeth it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That is thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved)” (Romans 10:6-9). Notice the focus; God has raised him from the dead (that is, the resurrection).
In Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth in his first epistle, Paul explained similar truth. The reading goes, “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins” (1Corinthians 15:14-17). The resurrection of Jesus from the dead will thus be the crux of the gospel. The death is significant (can be talked about or referred to) because He rose from the dead. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Understand the gospel.
PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The pivotal and focal point of the gospel is not that Jesus died, but that he rose from the dead.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 10; EVENING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15