Jesus’ death on the cross is not the end of the Christian message. The gospel is that Jesus then rose from the dead. Whereas every other life ended in death, Jesus’ death ended in life, and his resurrection is the basis of all Christian confidence.
The Deliverance of St. Paul and St. Barnabas (oil on canvas) by Halle, Claude-Guy (1652-1736) oil on canvas Musee de la Ville de Paris, Musee Carnavalet, Paris, France out of copyright
The Book of Acts
Jesus told his followers that they were to make disciples of all the nations, but their movement was still marginal, even within Judaism. One big step in the gospel’s advancement is narrated for us in Acts 10.