Inspired by 2 Peter 1:16-21
“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.” 2 Peter 1:16 (NRSV)
Many stories of wisdom, courage, and love have endured throughout the ages and enlightened people for hundreds or even thousands of years. We can relate to the characters and recognize the timeless truths embedded in the narrative. The stories are updated and retold, bringing ancient wisdom to modern ears, sometimes changing a bit to adapt to new cultures and societal expectations.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is not one of those stories.
The gospel of Jesus Christ has indeed endured throughout the ages and reveals timeless truths about wisdom, courage, and love. The person of Jesus Christ is one many of us can relate to. But the story is no mere narrative; it is a report of actual events, witnessed by real people.
God’s love for us was so strong that he broke into human history and became a living, breathing man, someone we could see and touch and hear, bringing all the majesty and power of the Lord God of heaven into the mundane lives of ordinary people. He healed the sick and brought dignity to the despised, demonstrating that his all-encompassing love was not dependent upon the judgment or prescriptions of human authorities. He was killed for his radical generosity, yet death could not contain him. He rose from the dead and appeared to his followers, commanding them to continue to spread his message. They did so, and their obedience to the one they saw and knew resulted in the gospel we hear today.
Enjoy the classic stories passed down through the generations; recognize the truths they still reveal. But proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ as the truth: not a story made up by humans, but the history of God’s love and our salvation.
Let us pray. Eternal God, you revealed your love for us through the life, death, and resurrection of your Son. Embolden us to proclaim your truth, that all may be eyewitnesses of your enduring power. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.