God with us
January 21, 2015
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If the resurrected Christ is not a living reality for us, we are proclaiming a false gospel, for the Good News that we proclaim is not dead news, nor tired news, nor even old news. It is living news (God-with-us news), the exciting personal news that the Jesus who came as a babe to Bethlehem is today, every bit as much as He was then, “God with us,” that although He was crucified and buried, nevertheless He is now alive!
Of course, when you say something like that, you’d better be able to prove it. A sermon is not going to be enough. If, like John, you say that you have had a personal encounter with Christ, you’d better have the changed life to show for it, a life charged with Christ’s presence, demonstrating the love of Christ — irrefutable evidence that He really is with us!
Here is evangelism at its highest, based not upon somebody’s method but upon personal experience, based not upon rumour but reality, based not upon speculative views but spectacular news, based not upon words alone, but also upon deeds, based not upon a theoretical abstraction but upon the living God become flesh and now living in us — Christ with us, both now and to the end of the age!
-Arthur G. McPhee, Friendship Evangelism, © 1978 by Zondervan