As administrator for a number of websites, I often note, thanks to the WordPress statistics, the words or phrases that people use in the search engines in order to find us. It’s actually sad to see some of the phrases and questions people ask about God, Christ, and the Bible.
Today, a person searched the Internet with this phrase: “Was Jesus Christ beheaded?” Most likely, John Polk’s article of the same title showed up in the search results.
The question points up how little the world knows about Christ. It also points up the need to proclaim the facts of the gospel, the basic facts, of the historical record.
Let us not jump so quickly to man’s response, to what we must do in order to be saved. Let us take time explaining who Jesus was, what he taught, what he did, and how he died and arose on the third day. Let us take time reading much of the Bible, and of the gospels, to people.
If people don’t know that Jesus Christ was not beheaded, baptism will be of no avail to them.
Maybe you can do it, but I can’t cram all that into a 30-minute sermon and expect people to know what to do to be saved, and why.
Paul went to the Jews in the synagogue, as he customarily did, and on three Sabbath days he addressed them from the scriptures, explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead, saying, “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ” Ac 17.2-3 NET.