1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (ESV) 1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you-unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
You may ask who is Jesus? Or what is the gospel? Or what is this bible passage talking about? Jesus is a person who was born more than 2000 years ago, but it was no ordinary birth. It was a birth predicted nearly a 1000 years beforehand in the bible and what makes this birth like no other birth in history is that the baby Jesus was born of a virgin called Mary. God by His Holy Spirit had supernaturally overshadowed Mary and planted within her the baby Jesus. This was no ordinary birth. The baby Jesus grew up into a man experiencing all the things that we as humans experience hunger, thirst, tiredness, pain, love, joy, peace, suffering and rejection. There was something unique about His life though, something that has never been achieved in human history; He was perfect. Jesus never did anything wrong at all before man and more importantly before God.
Can you imagine that, never disobeyed His earthly parents and always had respect for His elders and more significantly He always did exactly what His heavenly Father asked Him to do. Amazing! At the age of thirty Jesus seemed to step out of the shadows of obscurity and proclaimed a startling message 'Repent for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand". He made daring claims to the religious authorities that He and the Father (God) were one, making Himself out to be God. Who is this man? With His spoken words He did signs and wonders that were unexplainable. Jesus turned water into wine, He made people totally deaf to hear, He made people completely blind to see, people who were mute were able to speak, He walked on water (who can do that) and perhaps the most astounding He raised dead people back to life. His knowledge and teaching about God was with pin point accuracy that nobody could fault even though they tried. This teaching came as a light into a dark place setting people free from all sorts of burdens. He was at home with the rejected and outcast of society always there to help the humble and broken hearted. With certainty Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies about God's appointed rescuer from the Old Testament.
Then Jesus began to predict that He would be crucified and killed on a Roman cross and then rise again on the third day; His followers wouldn't hear of it and for all intents and purposes didn't understand it. The unthinkable happened; the religious people of the day turned upon Him and were out to kill him. They were upset by Him because His truth was exposing their hypocrisy; they falsely accused Him and eventually had the Roman government nail Him to a cross. He suffered tremendously in excruciating pain and yet still never returned any insults back to His accusers or executors. In fact He said from the cross "Father forgive them they know what they do" and "It is finished" and gave up His life willingly. He was buried in a secure tomb and in three days in what is an event never repeated in all of time, rose from the grave in His own power. Jesus is alive. His disciples couldn't believe it until they saw Him and then they became witnesses to His resurrection a fact they later went on to die for. So what has happened? Jesus was fully God and fully man and He came on a mission from God to pay the price of humanities sin.
God's law demanded death for our sin and Jesus made that payment as our substitute, but because He had no sin of His own, death could not hold Him down and He rose again from the grave. Jesus now offers forgiveness to all those who place their faith in Him and turn away from sin and will ultimately be with Him forever in Heaven after we die for those who do that. That is Jesus, that is the gospel and that is what the above passage is talking about in a nutshell. Want to meet Jesus, reach out and pray to Him now and then contact us so we can help you.