There’s no other message that holds greater importance in this life than the gospel of Jesus Christ. Gospel is a word that simply means, good news. It has made all the difference in my life, and I can’t help but share it.
As I think about the importance of what I’m about to share, I feel overwhelmed. I want my words to be perfect. And suddenly, the irony of the situation hits me. Even in those thoughts, I demonstrate that I can still miss the heart of it if I fail to see correctly what my role in sharing this precious message is.
It’s not about me. It’s about all about Jesus.
The word Gospel means “good news”. It’s pretty important to understand that. The Bible is not a book that tells us what we have to do to earn salvation, it is a book that tells us what God did to earn our salvation. What he did was send Jesus. Jesus did for us what we could never do for ourselves and he paid for what we had done in his body on the cross.
God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16
God created human beings and intended for them to be ruling creatures. We were supposed to be under God but over everything else. We were supposed to rule over creation under the guidance and authority of God’s Word and to function as conduits for all the blessings of heaven. That’s how it was supposed to be, but unfortunately, the Bible tells the story of how our first parents, Adam and Eve, fell into sin by choosing to rebel against God’s Word in order to become autonomous ruling creatures. Basically, they wanted to be gods unto themselves, deciding good and evil. From that point on, humanity has been on a downward spiral moving further and further away from God and our original design and glory.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.Galatians 3:13
The heart of the Gospel is the Good News that Jesus has come as God in the flesh and has obeyed God perfectly and has therefore won the right to all the blessings God originally intended to give to men and women. Furthermore, through his sacrificial death on the cross, he has paid the debt that we owed to God for disobeying his commands. There is therefore no need anymore for us to hide from God. In Jesus, we can come home and we can be restored.
Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God1 Peter 3:18
The climax of the Gospel is the great news that he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven where he now intercedes on our behalf. He gives the Holy Spirit to all his people and he slowly but surely, changes our hearts, reforms our desires and teaches us how to be the children of God we were always intended to be. For now, Jesus remains in heaven, changing the world one person at a time, but one day he will return and judge the world in righteousness. He will remove from this world all sin and all causes of sin and he will restore the cosmos to a state of peace, prosperity and flourishing and all those who have received him as their Lord and Savior will participate in his rule and enjoy his goodness forever.
What does God expect us to do with the information that Jesus died in our place so we can be saved from God’s righteous wrath against our sins? He expects us to respond with repentance and faith.
A prayer of salvation:
Father God, I know I have fallen short. I have sinned. I’m separated from you, and I don’t want to be. I believe that Jesus died and paid the price for my sins and that He rose again to be with you. I’m placing my trust in Jesus and asking for your forgiveness. I want to be made new in him. I want to please you and follow you from this day on. Please place your Spirit in me and help me to do your will. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.
If you prayed that prayer for the first time, congratulations. You are now a follower of Christ. If we can pray for you or if you would like to talk, please, feel free to send us a private message.