The word gospel simply means “good news.” The central message of the Bible is the gospel, or good news, about the person and work of Jesus Christ.
The message of the gospel is simply this:
We as men are born sinners, we live under, and the whole earth is under, a curse brought about by Adam and Eve’s sin. We’re born under the curse of sin. The Bible says: “for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth.” That means from the time we are able to choose between right and wrong, good and evil…we chose evil. If you don’t believe me, think about the children you see. Did they have to be taught to misbehave? Did someone teach Johnny to take Sally’s ball.
We turn from God at every chance we get. That’s why Paul says in Romans: “No one is righteous…no, not one”
But that while we still sinners Christ died for us. This is great news.
Christ died to accomplish the thing that we cannot, he took God’s wrath that we deserve. Gods’ holy judgment toward sin that He has every right to have and Christ bore the punishment that we deserve. Three days later He rose to conquer sin and death and give the gift of salvation to all who believe in Him alone for eternal life. And I think these verses in Romans sums it up best: Romans 5:8-11,
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
We are reconciled to God by Christ’s blood, we are justified by Christ’s blood. We are saved from God’s wrath by Christ’s blood.
This is great news.
That means that every sin you have ever committed or ever will commit is gone forever, God sees us as pure as if we’d never sinned. We stand before God, not condemned because of our sin but as righteous and pure because of Christ’s blood.
This means that your walk with Christ isn’t defined by what you do for God, but by what Christ did for you.
That means that every time you worship the creation rather than the creator that sin is gone forever.
That means that every time you’ve tried to use God to get money, health and happiness those sins are gone forever.
That means that every time we have trusted in our own morality rather than Christ’s righteousness those sins are gone forever.
Because of the truth of the gospel we don’t have to worry that we haven’t done enough for God, but we can be sure that through Christ blood He has done enough on our behalf.
And this is great news, because we don’t have to focus on us and our religion, but we can focus on Christ.
Are you a disciple of Jesus? Are you trusting in Him or are you trusting your own morality?
(Authors Note: This is an excerpt from a sermon I preached over the summer…after looking over the blog I realized we don’t have a page on the gospel and I thought we needed one.)