August 12, 2018
As we continue in our studies from "Did Jesus Just Happen", we will discuss the Resurrection of Christ.
Up to now we have shared with you the life of Christ through His Pre-Existence, Birth, Life, and His Death.
In the next of many weeks we will continue with the Life of Christ, dealing with His Resurrection and His Coming again along with Christ being the Judge at the end of the ages. We will also discuss the Judgement Seat of Christ and all that it involves.
"The Resurrection of Christ"
The Apostle Paul brings to mind what the Heart of the Gospel really is. He mentions a two-fold aspect concerning the Gospel. "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how the Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures: and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures." ( 1 Cor. 15: 3-4)
Two quite different images com to mind when the word "Heart" is used. We may think sentimentally, in love, lyric, style, of a sweet symmetrical valentine-shaped, something that feels good when one's beloved smiles, and aches when they pout. Or one may thing surgically, his imagination probing deep into the human chest cavity to where a raw, red muscle thumps and pumps to circulation the warm river which keeps our whole marvelous body alive.
Only one conceive of the "HEART OF THE GOSPEL" either sentimentally or surgically. It is sometimes little more than a neat formula to be framed and hung as a wall motto, or to be harmonized pleasantly in the gospel chorus. Or we may depend it as a vital organ in the body of Christian truth, throbbing with existential significance.
To return for a moment to the physical heart, I must confess to knowing very little about it except what I have read in popular magazines. In reading, we learned something of the complexity of the subject and of its structure.
Perhaps we had never realized that it is not a single but a double pumping mechanism, having its right side occupied constantly with the process of getting blood to and from the lungs for the purpose of purification, and its left sections busy circulating the blood around through the body for its nourishment.
The last point for this week is: The verbal "Cardioscope" may help us to see the shape of what we have call the Heart of the Gospel and how it is expressed in the two verses which comprise the text which Paul states form 1 Cor. 15:3-4. The good news about Jesus Christ has two sides to it. He died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. So Paul's twin affirmations give us the pattern.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor