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The Gospel

The Gospel

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Gospel means “good news”.  The gospel is the good news of: Who Jesus is, what He did, and what it means for us.

Who is Jesus?
Jesus is the Son of God, the firstborn of all creation, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, He is the beginning and the end, and the savior of all who  believe in Him and trust Him.

What did He do?
We call Him Savior because He came to be with us and rescue us from sin and death.
We call Him Lord and King because He is our holy and perfect God.  Because God is holy and perfect, He must put to death that which isn’t holy and perfect.  We are not holy or perfect, so out of love our perfect God became like man.  And on the cross, our Savior King took our broken, flawed, and sinful record from us and gave us His perfect, beautiful, and sinless record.  In other words He took our broken life and gave us His perfect life.  On the cross He stood in our place and died and then He rose from this death and now lives as King. He promises not to leave us on our own but to walk with us through the pain of this world, and promises to one day come and make all things new.  This grace is not something that we can earn or work towards; it is a gift to us from God.

What does this mean for us?

1st the gospel means that we have gracious acceptance from the living God. He paid for our brokenness by becoming broken on the cross, so we can be made whole.  On the cross there was a great exchange, our record for Christ’s record.  Jesus takes the wrath we deserve and gives us the love that He deserves.  He is hated so we can be loved.  He is rejected so we can be accepted.  Because of this there is nothing we can do or not do to make God love us more or less!  We are seen like God sees His perfect Son.  That means the Father looks at you and says, “I love you”, as if He is saying it to His one and only Son.  This loving acceptance is only possible through the costly love of Christ.

2nd the gospel means that we have the power to change more and more into who God created us to be. God had the perfect you in mind when He created you.  Now through faith in the gospel He is calling you to change more and more into the “you” He has in mind.  But not only is He calling you to this new way of living, He is also giving you the power to do it.  When we turn toward Christ continually and believe Him to be our only hope who will save us from the power of sin and death, it is then that He draws us progressively away from our sin and more into new life with Him.

3rd the gospel means that one day our savior will return to make all things new and right. He will come to wipe every tear from our eyes, and will completely lay mourning, pain, and death in it’s grave.  We, and the world around us, will be new and right.

How should we respond?
On the cross Jesus took His hands off of His own life for you.  Now He is calling you to take your hands off of your life for Him.  He is saying to us, I have lived for you, now I want you to live for Me.  And He promises us that He will deliver for us.  It’s not that our life will be easier, it might even be harder, but He promises us that He is worth it. This gift He has given us (in Himself) is not meant to make us respond out of guilt but is meant to make us fully alive, responding with joy and gratitude.  Run to Him. Put your faith, hope, and love in Him; and He will give you the desires of your heart.