At any time, one can turn on much of “Christian” television and see many messages being taught. We can learn how to save our marriages, how to save our teenagers, how to be successful in our jobs and can even learn how to become healthy and wealthy. Friends, there is nothing wrong with reading God’s Word and applying it to every aspect of our lives; there is no doubt that God inspired the writing of His Word so that we might use it to live positive and joyous lives. All of the above things are great, but they are NOT the central theme or the core of the Gospel message. That core remains the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ!
In this same passage we learn that 5000 heard and were saved. They were not saved by self-help advice, marriage advice or how to raise a teenager advice. They certainly were not saved by advice on how to plant a seed and grow rich. They were saved by the preaching of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They were saved by the preaching of Jesus death for our sin, and our death to sin. They were saved by the preaching of Jesus’ burial in a grave three days, and our own burial and death to our old natures. They were saved by the preaching of the victory of Jesus over death, and our own victory through Him over death and new life in Him.