For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.1 Corinthians 15:3-4
One fun thing I enjoy about being a dad is trying to pass on my passions and interests to my daughters.
Some of my same passions have taken root in them, which is exciting to me. A love for reading is probably one of the more important examples. Admittedly though, some interests I’ve passed on to them aren’t that important (such as Star Wars and quoting funny movie lines).
There are lots of important truths we should pass on to both our kids and other people. How to manage money is important. How to respectfully interact with other people is important. How to develop a good work ethic is important. How to properly maintain your car is important.
But the Apostle Paul makes clear that as Christians, there are some things that we need to pass on that aren’t just important, they’re of “first importance.” They’re more important than anything else we might think is important. What Paul says is of first importance is the gospel. He points to Jesus’ death for our sins, His resurrection, and His post-resurrection appearances to hundreds of people as what’s most important. What we celebrate with Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday is of “first importance.”
How are you passing on what’s of “first importance”?