A young boy stood outside an art store looking intently at a painting of Jesus on the cross. A man approached and asked, “Do you know who that is?”
The boy answered, “Yes, sir, that is Jesus the Savior who died on the cross to save me. Those people around Him are the soldiers who killed Him. And that woman who is crying was His mother.”
The man patted the boy on the head and walked away. He had not gone far when he felt a tug on his sleeve. The same little fellow he had spoken to moments before said, “Please, sir, I forgot to tell you something else. Jesus is not on that cross anymore. He is alive because He rose again. He is in heaven today.”
That youngster knew the living Savior who died and rose and lives today. He knew the truth of the gospel.
The climax of the gospel is the resurrection. Every sermon preached by the apostles included the news that Jesus is not dead. Today, no matter how eloquent a sermon may be, it is not the gospel if it leaves Jesus on the cross or in the tomb. A dead man can save no one.
Do you personally know and boldly proclaim the living Savior?
I will sing of my Redeemer
And His heavenly love for me;
He from death to life has brought me,
Son of God, with Him to be. —Bliss
The good news is not that Jesus lived and died, but that He died and lives.