Acts 10:42-43 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."
There are some things we take for granted, some things we assume everyone understands. But suppose someone should ask us, what is Easter? What would we do? In frustration we might ask, Where have you been? Everyone knows about Easter! But it doesnít answer the question, for it is an important question and the easy answer is only going to lead to more questions. And perhaps thatís the real problem, we just donít like questions.
A child would have no trouble, it is simple and straightforward, Easter is the day that Jesus my savior rose victorious, having won for me and for all forgiveness of sins and eternal life. To a child the answer is simple, because you donít try to figure out one answer Ė that will not only answer the question asked, but will answer all the questions yet to come. But that is what we sometimes try to do, answer questions so that no more questions will be asked. But what are we afraid of? What harm can a question do Ė except perhaps reveal that we do not have all the answers. Questions serve, as it were, as a way of dividing the steak into bite size pieces, there is nothing to fear in questions, after all who could eat a whole steak in one bite anyway?
Who is Jesus?
Why do you need a savior?
How is he the one ordained?
Why did he suffer and die?
Why is this important to everyone?
How will Jesus judge me?
If sin condemns, then how may we be saved?
How can we believe?
What does it mean to believe in His Name?
What are the other benefits of the forgiveness of sins?
Are we commanded to preach?