The apostle Paul wrote of the gospel story: “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (1 Timothy 3:16)
It is certainly an amazing story. It is the story of the incarnation, that is, divinity taking human flesh and living as a man. It is the story of the Spirit and of angels. It is the story of the gospel message proclaimed to the world and believed by thousands. Finally, it is the story of Jesus’ ascension into glory. No wonder that Paul said, “Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness.” Even unbelievers have to admit that it is a fantastic story.
But what is so amazing is the fact that it is a true story. It is a story told by the men who were there. It is a story confirmed by the martyrdom of the witnesses. It is a story that was foretold by the great prophets of the Old Testament. Truly, it is a fantastic story.