Good News, Fake News, and the Resurrection

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The first challenge to the truth of the gospel wasn’t a competing idea or argument. It was the planting of a fake news story.

Easter is coming! All over the world, pastors are preparing to speak to what is usually the biggest church crowd of the year.

If you’re wondering how to make the wonderful, but familiar resurrection story feel fresh again, here’s an idea I’m working on.

The Gospel Is Good News

Christianity is an event-based faith.

At its core we find, not a good idea, a good philosophy or even a good person. Although Jesus and his teachings are all of that.

The central truth of the gospel is good news. That’s what the word ‘gospel’ means, after all.

News is the accurate retelling of an event. The event that defines our faith is the resurrection of Jesus. And it played out like any good, real news story should.

How the Resurrection Was Reported and Confirmed

The first people to preach the Gospel were the women who discovered the empty tomb. Immediately, like good reporters breaking a developing story, they ran to report that news to others.

The first hearers of this good news didn’t take such outlandish claims at face value. They ran to confirm them by seeing the evidence for themselves. Why? Because Christianity is an event-based faith, so it matters that the reported events actually occurred.

Then, according to reports from all four Gospels, Acts and 1 Corinthians Jesus was seen on at least a dozen ocassions by multiple people including the apostles, his unbelieving half-brother James, random people walking along the road, and hundreds of others. They witnessed and reported that he ate food, touched people and did many other things that only a real person in a real body could do.

All of this evidence was compiled, corroborated and confirmed by multiple sources before it was recorded for posterity as a factual historical event.

This is what we call ‘news’. Good news. The gospel.

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Karl Vaters