The Apostle Paul tells us all very clearly what the Gospel is: Jesus died, was buried and was raised on the third day. That’s it; there is no more to the Gospel...there is more to His commands for our life. We as Christian believe in three historical facts and a historical person. If we do not, Paul tells us that we have believed in vain.
1Cor15.1Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
Outside of the Jewish leaders, for the first one hundred years after Jesus’ death and resurrection there was no dispute that Jesus arose from the grave. In this verse we can see why…over five hundred people saw Him and many were still alive. If someone doubted, there was always someone that could say “no my uncle, aunt, father, mother, brother, or sister saw Him.
I can relate to the fact that there were witnesses alive to speak on behalf of the truth of the resurrection. For my little brother’s birth date and my grandfather’s birth dates are 114 years apart…my grandfather was a teenager in the Civil War. If someone told me that there was no Civil War, I would say not true, for my father told me that his father told him that he was in the war. The Civil War was over in 1865 and it is now 2011 and I have a personal testimony of a firsthand eye witness account.
World War II was over in 1945 and there are those that already deny the Holocaust…even with eye witness accounts. In the first one hundred years after Jesus died and was resurrected, there is no secular written record of debate about His resurrection. It is only after the eye witnesses and their testimony died off that the debate started about whether it was fraud, fantasy, or fact.
Published on Sunday, April 26, 2015 @ 4:29 AM CDT