Have you ever told someone, “Jesus died for your sins,” and left it at that? If you have, there is room for improvement in your evangelism.
This past Sunday, my brother Todd preached about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He reminded me that it’s not enough to say that Jesus died for your sins, hoping that others will be saved by that truth. It’s not enough for that’s only half the gospel. This is the whole gospel according to Pastor Todd Morikawa:
Jesus died in the place of sinners for the glory of the Father and the Father raised the Son up from the dead for the glory of the Son and gave Him the name that is above every name and at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father and that is good news for Christians because if Jesus really conquered the grave then death is DEAD.
You don’t want to leave out the resurrection when sharing the gospel. No resurrection, no gospel. Also, keep in mind, if death is dead for those who believe then our bodies are not temporary. Our physical bodies are eternal creations. When we die, our spirit will go to heaven just like Jesus’ spirit did before the resurrection. One day, our bodies will resurrect as well, just as Jesus did. It does not matter what happens to our physical bodies in death, just as it didn’t matter what was done to Jesus’ body. We will be risen as well, Jesus as Lord (1 Cor. 15:20-23). The sting of death is truly dead forever. There is truly life in Jesus Christ.