Well it has been a busy few weeks and I have just had the time to sit and address the final of the Three Big Words.
What is the GOSPEL? This is such a crucial question to the Christian faith. If we do not fully understand the hope of the gospel, then how can we share that good news with the world? Here is a simple two step way to think of the gospel...
1) First and foremost, let us address the gospel as the saving work of Jesus on the cross, the tomb.
We get the word gospel from the Greek words meaning "good news." What is better good news than a god that pursues people despite their allegiance to everything other than Him. The God who combined clay and His divine image into one to create humanity only to have it despise, abandon, and reject Him NEVER stopped loving His creation, His wayward children. Instead of wrath, God choose salvation, rescue and redemption.
At the cross, Jesus took the sins of all mankind, past, present, and future and through His sacrificial death freed us of the penalty, power, and eternally from the presence of sin. Of course, all of this is made complete in the resurrection of Jesus on Easter morning. Without the rising from dead, the gospel would be devoid of power.
2) Secondly, the gospel brings a life of identity and purpose.
Not only is the gospel the past work of Jesus over death and the grave. It is also the present reality that brings life, purpose, significance, hope and identity to our lives. Do you struggle with any of these components of life? Chances are you are trusting in something other to sustain you-- something other than the person of Jesus himself.
How is it that the gospel is playing out in your life?