When we preach Christ crucified, we have no reason to stammer, or stutter, or hesitate, or apologize:
There is nothing in the gospel of which we have any cause to be ashamed. – Charles Spurgeon –
I want to take just a moment to say this. Yesterday morning, I woke up and was going about my day then I got a phone call. This phone call brought devastating news to me. Someone very special to me had died, passed away during the night. All I could do was cry, my heart was broken into a millions pieces. Everything that I had planned to do was ripped to shreds and I just could not function. I finally gave up and went to bed. When we get the news that someone we love very much dies and is no longer with us, we feel crushed, as if the very air we breath is being squeezed out of our lungs.
Can you imagine the way the ones that was with Jesus had felt when He was crucified? His disciples, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene. All the ones that loved Jesus very much. They did not know or understand the plan that God had for us. They didn’t understand the plan that Jesus was trying to convey to them. Do you know how it feels when you finally have someone that loves you very much and treats you with dignity? Do you know how it feels when you have been abused and then you have been set free? Do you know what it feels like to know perfect love and then all of a sudden it is gone?
Can you imagine the devastation that they were feeling? Their savior, their teacher, their friend, He was crucified and died and placed in a tomb. I know how I feel when my loved ones die. I know how I felt yesterday when I got that phone call. But can you imagine being there and watching this whole crucifixion take place? The agony of losing someone. But now….
Let me tell you about what happened next… no I didn’t get the phone call of my special someone being alive. But let me tell you about Jesus… Mary Magdalene went to that tomb before day light. When she got there the big stone that was rolled into place was moved. There was an angel of God standing there… waiting for her… with tears streaming down her face…this angel told her, ” He is not here, for He has risen, as He has said. Come, see the place where He lay.” (Matthew 28:6 ESV).
Why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for? (John 20:15)
In the very next verse… Jesus called her name.
Can you imagine… do you not know .. Jesus is calling your name and my name… He has Risen just like He said He would… Jesus is Lord and He is a person of His word… when He said He would be back… He meant every word of it…
No we don’t have to apologize for what we believe… there is nothing in the gospel to be ashamed of….