If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you’ve no doubt read about “The Gospel.” And I’m glad, cause that’s what I want you to be reading! But just in case you don’t know what “The Gospel” is, I want to spell it out plainly for you here.
The Good News
The word “Gospel” comes from the old English for “Good News.” And that’s exactly what the Gospel is: good news for everyone!
You see, we all need this good news because [bad news alert] we are all sinners (Romans 3:23). But I’m getting ahead of myself.
In true mom fashion, I will explain the Gospel with the help of my daughter.
We have a book that helps to explain all that the Gospel holds to my daughter. As we’ve read her Jesus Story Book Bible, we come to the page where our Savior hangs on the cross and Aletheia inevitably says, “Jesus hurts, He died on the cross.”
And that is the Truth.
Jesus did hurt. The cross hurt. The humiliation that led up to it hurt (check out John 19:1-30).
Ultimately, sin hurts (Romans 6:23).
Just look around our world today, it shows us how much sin hurts.
What started out as a perfect world that God created came tumbling down when Adam and Eve sinned, passing the wretchedness on to every human being, dooming us for eternity without God (Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12). We are now all sinners.
And that’s why we needed Jesus to “hurt” on the cross. He took our place and died on the cross so that we could be forgiven, have our sins washed away (Romans 5:8). We could not do this for ourselves (Ephesians 2:8-9). We needed that perfect someone to die for us, that’s what Jesus did.
But He did not stay dead.
He came back to life, providing salvation and an eternity with God to all those who would follow Him (Romans 10:9-10, and Romans 10:13).
This truth remembered even in the midst of all the suffering, all the pain, all the hurts in our world today, will bring hope.
Jesus came back to life. He conquered sin and the grave. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
Now that this Good News, this salvation, has been provided for us sinners, what do we do? We must believe in Jesus’ sacrifice and trust Him as our Savior and King (Romans 10:9-10).
And then we trust that He has saved us from our hellacious eternity and brought us into His family (2 Corinthians 6:18).
It is Life-Changing
And, friends, that is life-changing. If that doesn’t rock your world, I don’t know what will.
Jesus is the only reason that I live, move, and have my being (Colossians 1:15-17). He is my Savior, Friend, Guide, and Light. There is none other than Him.
He’s the reason I write this blog. I want to encourage you to run to Him when you’re down, trust Him when you’re unsure, praise Him in the good and bad, give Him glory in all things. He is the Good News.
**If all that I’m saying is foreign to you. That’s okay! The Good News of Jesus’ death and resurrection is for everyone. If you have questions, I’m here for you.