If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be cursed! Come, Lord! (1 Cor 16:22)
Over the past few weeks, I've found myself dissatisfied with documents and Gospel presentations that present the Good News in language that is not directly taken from Scripture. If I want to hear the Good News of God, I want to hear it from God Himself.
I started a study to try and find passages in the Bible where the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ is communicated clearly and directly. I found a few really great treasures (1 Corinthians 15:3-5, 2 Timothy 2:8, 1 Peter 1:3-4, Ephesians 2:3-10). I also ended up with an ever-growing list of truth and questions.
Who is Messiah?
How could we recognize Messiah?
What did Jesus' death accomplish for me?
What does Jesus' life accomplish for me?
What do the Hebrew Scriptures say regarding Messiah?
How did Paul and Apollos use Scripture to show that Jesus is the Messiah?
What did Jesus tell the two disciples on the road to Emmaus concerning the Scriptures and the Messiah?
Is Salvation a matter of propitiation, relationship, worship, or all of these and more?
If Salvation is so rich, how can I share it in its depth with those not familiar with the Scriptures?
Reading through Acts and the letters, I keep seeing a pattern when it comes to the Good News of Jesus Christ. The apostles testify to history. They tell people what happened: that Jesus performed miracles, was killed by crucifixion, and was raised to life again.
Peter preached in Acts 2: "Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know - Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up...God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."
Earlier in my life, I was hesitant to state that those things happened. I mean, I knew the Apostles Creed and even sang it, but I couldn't really wrap my head around the terrible suffering and awesome glory of the Messiah. I still can't fathom it all, but the difference is that now, I am beginning to savor these truths in a new way - as historical facts. If Jesus rose from the dead, then he really is coming back sometime in a totally physical and spiritual sense. I can look forward to it, not because I am trying to escape reality, but because I'm seeing future reality by faith. It's a thrilling thing! Whether I live or die, whether I live in comfort or in trouble - "whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, 'It is well, It is well with my soul.'"
I'm still such a young Christian and I have so many things to learn. I want to know Messiah for myself. I want Him to show me Himself through the Scriptures. I want Him to guide me in the path of truth and righteousness. I want Him to uproot the selfishness in my heart and fill that space with love for others. I want Him to preserve me unto eternal life. I want to meet the One who shed His blood for me, to make me a daughter of God.
"Those who seek Him will praise the LORD. Let your heart live forever!" Psalm 22
Your kingdom come, Lord Jesus!