As I was sitting here working on the message for tomorrow evening the thought crossed my mind that we need to be careful not to lose sight of the glory of the death and resurrection of Jesus. My concern is that with all the discussion surrounding the most recent attempts to discredit the canonical Gospels we can be so taken up with defending the truth that we forget to rejoice in it and to worship the Savior who is at the heart of the biblical revelation of salvation. Such an oversight would compound the present tragedy and play into the hands of the teachers who are working so hard to lead people astray because it would lead us away from Jesus during this special time of year when we remember that which sets him apart from all other religious leaders.
Without exception, all others who have come teaching the ways of God (regardless of the degree of their orthodoxy) have died and been buried, or if they are still living, they will find themselves in that situation before very long. But not Jesus! He died and rose from the dead! We need to let that great truth sink in. We need to ponder this great historical fact. This puts him in a completely different category. All other prophets, apostles, wise men, priests, teachers and preachers are secondary at best. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). His death and resurrection change everything. It is the beginning of the new creation, the turning of the tide, and the establishment of a kingdom that will never be shaken.
As we prepare to gather together tomorrow as Christians on the Lord's Day we need to hear again what the apostle Paul has to say at the very beginning of his letter to the Romans. "Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God - the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord" (vs.1-4). Let's not get lost in the fog of controversy but worship Jesus Christ as Lord!