On April 8th Christians will celebrate the historic event of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Five billion people will not care or, in many cases, even know. Many of the two billion who mark Easter 2012 will question that the physical resurrection happened. It happened. There is far more solid historic evidence that the resurrection of Jesus Christ happened than that Julius Caesar ever lived. (even though his book “De Bello Gallico” and Other Commentaries is in print today.) No single event in history reaches the magnitude of that Friday and Sunday when every person who believes or will believe was saved from death and delivered into eternal life. This is the greatest thing that has or could happen on this earth.
But Jesus coming changed the entire world in many other ways. Dr. Steve Goold, the senior teaching Pastor at New Hope Church in Minnesota, covered several a few months ago. They are profound and exciting. We are examining them in several posts leading up to Holy Week. Here is Dr. Goold with the third:
Here’s another one through Jesus coming to the earth: education for the common people. You see before Christ, education was only for the elite. Did you know that many of the World’s languages were set to writing by Christian missionaries so that people could have access to the Bible—to the Word of God? The Historic Cyrillic alphabet was developed by a Christian, a deeply committed Christian hero who died in 869 A.D. And (St) Cyril developed the Cyrillic alphabet to translate the Bible and the Christian liturgy of the Church into the Slavic tongue—incomprehensible impact out of that. Martin Luther touched off the Reformation by translating the Bible into German and making the great Hymns available to the common person. Did you know that the first Universities of the world at Oxford, England, Paris, France, and Bologna, Italy were all formed around 1200 or so A.D. and they all specialized in theology? The same is true for every early University in America—virtually every one—I don’t know of an exception. Of the first 100 universities founded in America, all were based on the tenants of Christianity as they were revealed in scripture. As a matter of fact, if you’re a junior or senior and you’re thinkin’ about colleges or universities or if you’re back for Christmas as so many are to be with family, do you know in the early years, you had to be proficient in the Biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew even to be admitted into every school today known as an Ivy League school. (That’d weed a few out, wouldn’t it?) Not just know a few words, proficient; that was the base requirement for being admitted. Education for everybody because Jesus Christ unlocks the mind and the hearts and the spirit and the intellect and brings out the fullness of His masterful creation.