WEDNESDAY July 18, 2018
Witnesses of the Resurrection
…and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
1 Corinthians 15:5-8
It is incredible that the Lord placed Paul, in such a position, as to write fourteen letters to us. We see the hand of God on his letters as we can learn important doctrine. Paul referred to all the witnesses that saw the Resurrection of Jesus Christ; all those who were commissioned to spread the Gospel. It was not thousands of people who saw Him, but those who did see Jesus risen from the grave were the ones who went out and infected the whole world with the Gospel. The command of our Lord in Matthew 28:18-20, and Acts 1:1-8, is the great commission!
Paul also saw the risen Christ when he was on the road to Damascus. He referred to himself as one born out of due time. Paul recognized that he was not one of the original twelve disciples. Judas betrayed Jesus, and although the disciples cast lots, and added Matthias; later God chose Paul. He really was the one who took Judas’ place as an Apostle. This was why Paul, in his letters, referred to himself as the Apostle of Jesus Christ.
It is important to understand, not only those who saw the risen Christ were commissioned to spread the Gospel, but every single one of us has also been commissioned to take the Gospel to the world. One day we are going to die, then who is going to carry the baton of the Gospel if we do not do it? We do not have to be ashamed of the Gospel (Romans 1:16).
When we are at home, or as we shop and go about our day, we need to share with people––giving them the truth of the Gospel. Otherwise how will they come to have a personal relationship with Christ?
When we preach Christ crucified, we have no reason to stammer, or stutter, or hesitate, or apologize; there is nothing in the gospel of which we have any cause to be ashamed.
~C. H. Spurgeon~
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