4. The Truth and Meaning of Transformation
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. – 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
What was it that pushed the early disciples forward taking the gospel to the ends of the earth? It was the leading of the Holy Spirit coupled with the truth of Jesus’ resurrection.
The reality of the resurrection powered them to preach the gospel of Jesus with boldness and courage. It was the catalyst that they lived and died for. This simple and beautiful truth in the angel’s message led to the transformation of the early disciples and the transformation of many lives.
They watched him live. They watched him die. They watched him live again. The reality of his resurrection changed lives then...and it is still changing lives now.
What Do You Do with These Truths?
Hopefully, these four truths are encouraging to you...I know they are to me. When that day comes, I am looking forward to my new resurrected body. I’m sure you are, too.
However, until that day comes we are pressed with a responsibility. It’s the same responsibility the early church had: to be Christ’s witnesses everywhere you go. It has been 2,000+ years since the resurrection and the mission is still the same.
We are to preach the gospel and make disciples.
We have the good news, so let’s make sure we’re sharing it. The gospel had the power to transform lives then, and it has the same power now. It’s up to you and me to let everyone know about this wonderful, resurrected Jesus.
He came, he died, he resurrected, and he’s coming again. This is the message the world needs to know now more than ever before.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. – Romans 1:16
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