We’ve been looking at how the gospel is like my wife’s purse: a bag filled with treasure. Some of those treasures seem pretty “ordinary.” Others are treasures that we’ve forgotten all about. But what if the gospel contains treasures that we never even knew were there?
The really great thing about my wife’s purse are the things even she doesn’t know about. I still haven’t quite figured out how that happens. But then, I don’t spend most of my day surrounded by small children.
I tested this the other day by digging down into the nether regions of her purse. (I did this with her permission, of course. I’m not stupid.) Along with the ordinary items, I found a single mitten (even though it was April), several plastic doodads of unknown origin and function, a small stuffed elephant, some Halloween candy (in April?), and a love note that one of our daughters had slipped in there months before. She had no idea how any of it had gotten there.
What if the Gospel contains treasures we don’t even know about yet?
When Peter summarized the Gospel for a large crowd, he included all kinds of odd things that most people don’t normally consider when they’re talking about the Gospel (Acts 2:22-36). He briefly mentions Jesus’ death on the cross and the forgiveness of sins, of course, but he spends most of his time talking about the resurrection, Old Testament promises, and the Holy Spirit. What does any of that have to do with the Gospel? I’ve heard lots of Gospel presentations, and I don’t think any of them sounded like Peter’s. Could it be that there’s more to the Gospel than we realized?
What if we dug deeper?
The Gospel has treasures many of us know nothing about. They sit in the wrinkled corners, waiting for us to come looking.
[This is an excerpt from my book Good News for the Living Dead: A Fresh Take on the Gospel Story.]