WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
The Gospel means “good news”. The Lord Jesus Christ instructed His disciples to go throughout the entire world and tell everybody about this good news. So, what exactly is this good news? How does it apply to me? Why do I even need it?
Most people go through life with the gnawing thought that something is just not right. There must be something more. Many start to feel that life, though filled with beautiful moments, lacks true fulfillment; in fact, is filled with injustice, evil, and pain. Those who are honest can see failure within – and more than that – a wicked heart, evil thoughts and unholy desires. Why are we plagued with guilt, worry, fear, insecurity, and emptiness?
Where does this come from? What is wrong with us? Why do we have so many doubts about God? Why do we fight and hurt each other?
Well, the Bible gives us the answers. Quite simply – we are disconnected from God. We are hopelessly lost in sin. And sin is serious. It’s a problem for everyone – even for the most loving and caring person you know. All of us fall below God’s standard. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
Sin is a major problem with God. He cannot compromise His righteousness and holiness. Do you believe for a moment that the judges of our courts would be right to let law-breakers walk away free – to sin again? Of course not. They must be punished for their crimes. It’s the same with God. The end result of sin is death – eternal death and separation from God. Hell. Yes, sin is serious. Nothing unclean or sinful will ever enter heaven.
Romans 6:23 says, "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Can you help yourself? The short answer is 'No'. Since the dawn of civilization, mankind has been trying to make themselves presentable to God. We've tried religion, good living, and prayers.
Romans 3:20 says that by the works of the law (good deeds) no human being will be justified (made right with God).
Ephesians 2:8-9 says that salvation is not of our own doing, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."
Romans 5:6 says we have no strength to save ourselves.
There it is. The bad news.
Here's where the gospel comes in!
God has found a way to deal with sin once and for all. That’s exactly what happened on the cross. The entire load of the sins of the world was placed on the Lord Jesus Christ, the innocent one who never sinned. God punished Him instead of us. Jesus became our substitute.
Look at Romans 5: 8, "But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Isn’t God’s love amazing? He loves the unlovely and the unlovable. He loves sinners!
God has done all that was required. He gave the best of heaven to suffer for sins. So now it's up to you. Will you accept God’s overtures of love and take the free gift of salvation?
When Christ died on the cross, He said these amazing words - "Finished!" (John 19:30). The work required for salvation was done. Three days later, He was raised from the dead as proof that God was satisfied with His great work or redemption.
There is nothing left for a sinner to do but to trust in Christ's finished work. The choice is ours. Two roads lie before each one of us. One leads to a lost eternity. One leads to everlasting life.