Religion & Spirituality:Christianity
Holy Week Reflections with David Shibley (Day 6)
What gets you through the toughest patches of life? The darkest day of the disciples' lives had to be that Saturday when the tortured body of Jesus laid lifeless in the tomb. But, thank God, the story doesn't end there.
The gospel story -- the story of a crucified AND a risen Redeemer -- will get you through life's darkest hours. As a young boy who responded to Jesus' call I thought, "There's nothing like the gospel." As a broken-hearted teenager whose dad had just died I realized, "Nothing brings hope like the gospel." Through college and seminary as I surveyed the world's philosophies and religions I saw even more clearly that nothing compares to the gospel. As a young preacher with high hopes and vast vision my heart pulsated, "Nothing calls for my allegiance like the gospel." Now, in my late sixties as long-standing friends are dying and mortality shoves me toward eternity, I am more convinced than ever -- there's nothing like the gospel!
"I love to tell the story of unseen things above
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love
I love to tell the story because I know 'tis true
It satisfies my longing as nothing else can do"
(A. Catherine Hanney)
This old, old story is ever new. It's timeless. It is relevant to every generation, every culture, every person. The eminent Bible expositor, Martin Lloyd-Jones, described the gospel as "the most interesting, the most thrilling, the most absorbing subject in the universe." No wonder even angels are fixated and fascinated by the gospel. This matchless message vouchsafes "things which angels desire to look into" (1 Peter 1:12).
Today requires faith. On the weekend that changed the world, this was the day pressed between a ghastly crucifixion and a glorious resurrection. I urge you to look into this Good News today. And look to the One this Good News is all about. One faith-filled look at Him changes everything.
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