What is the gospel?
All stories have an author and a beginning. The story of humanity is no different. God spoke the world into existence and made mankind the pinnacle of his creation. We were beautifully formed in the image of our holy Creator (Gen. 1:26). We were made to share and reflect His love.
However, we rebelled against His loving and authoritative rule (Gen. 3:6, Rom. 3:23). This rebellion led to pain, brokenness, disease, and death. Each of us has rebelled against the holy God whose righteous character demands justice.
The good news of the gospel shines bright against the frightful reality of this backdrop (Eph. 2:1-10, Rom. 6:23). The word ‘gospel’ literally means ‘good news.’ In the message of the gospel we discover that the God we ran from has pursued us in love. We are a people deserving of eternal condemnation, but God entered into our broken world to bring about redemption.
While remaining what He was (God), Jesus Christ became what He was not (man). He lived in the flesh while keeping a perfect record of obedience—something we could never do. Christ’s obedience to the will of the Father led Him to the cross (John 14:31, John 19:30).
As a man, Jesus died in our place on that cross, as our substitute: the righteous for the unrighteous. He took our sins upon Himself and received the condemnation we deserved. Three days later He rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Forgiveness of sin and salvation is offered to all who respond to this message with faith and repentance (John 14:6, Romans 10:9-10). As the apostle John says, “For 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).”
You and I can be embraced as God’s children through faith in Christ and his redemptive work on the cross. Do you believe this? Genuine belief is always coupled with repentance (James 2:17). Have you turned away from a life of sin? Have you found true joy by treasuring Christ above all else?
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