Gospel First...Defend second

It is not an easy thing to share the Gospel with another person. Many of my friends often believe that it is that way for me, but it is not. My heart pounds in my chest, my palms sweat, and my knees sometimes feel like they will buckle under me and fold. Yet, this is the only sure and true message we have:

Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Cor. 15:3-4)

Let’s parse this out a bit. What are these two lines of text telling us:

1) Jesus is the Christ the Anointed One, the Messiah. He is the one promised by God to be THE One to rescue, save, redeem and forgive us.

2) This Christ, Chosen One, died, not for his sins for he did have any, but for OUR sins, the sins of every human ever conceived and that includes the person you are speaking with.

3) This all follows the promises and prophecies of the Scriptures, the Old Testament.

So, first, perhaps we need to become more familiar with the Old Testament. I understand it is often hard to get through those genealogies and all the details but Christ is in the Old Testament, sometimes loud and clear, as in “His Name shall be called Emmanuel”…and sometimes not so clear, as in “root of Jesse”. However, on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24), Jesus opened up Moses and the Prophets and it says,