Do you enjoy reading the daily paper or watching the evening news? Most people do. They want to get the news – at least see what is reported. Reporters go out to see and hear what is taking place in the world. If there has been a tornado or hurricane, they report what they have seen and heard. Then, there are editorials on the news, the opinion pieces. For the most part, these editorials are comments and interpretations of world events. There was a time when events were interpreted from a Biblical perspective. But that’s off the point.
When we read the Bible, we also get what the writers have seen and heard. Listen to the apostle John, for example, “What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we beheld in our hands handled concerning the word of life, and the life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness and proclaim to you the eternal life” (1 John 1:1-2). The Christian faith is not something which is beyond our view or beyond our senses.
Interestingly enough, there is not a deep impassable chasm between this world and the world to come. It is possible to know God. First of all, God has revealed himself through creation. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God.” God has also revealed himself in Jesus Christ. Christ came into the world born of a virgin. He lived a perfect life. He died on the cross to pay for the sins of people like you and me. He rose again from the dead to prove that the sacrifice was acceptable to God the Father. All of this was seen and heard. The Bible reports what was seen and heard as good news. That’s what the Gospel is – good news.
Today’s podcast is called, “What We Have Seen.”