The Gospel

The Gospel

g.o.s.p.e.l.

God. Our. Sins. Paying. Everyone. Life.

We were made to worship. There is something in us – in every person, culture, language, age or life stage – that longs to believe in something or someone greater than Me.

Why?

Look around, at the war, at the crime, at the monotony of an eat, sleep, work and pay-the-bills life. We’ve all thought it before: There must be more than this.

So we look for meaning and meditation, Dr Phil self-help and medication; we work hard to get ahead and play harder – to forget it’s dead. But in the end – there’s still that gnawing doubt. There must be more than this … There is.

The Question

The Bible asks humanity this question: What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? [Matthew 16:26]

What does it mean to lose your soul? How does this happen? We lose our soul when we choose a path other than what God has ordained, when we decide to fulfill our own desires and pursuits – “I’m going my way” – without considering what God requires of our lives. The Bible says: “… there is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” [Proverbs 16:25]

We may think we know what’s best for our lives, but only our Creator, the one who made us and knows our every thought, every hair on our head, knows what that is. Rebellious children, we have chosen sin-sick, selfish lives rather than God and His perfect purpose. Spiritual lawbreakers, we have purposely ignored the laws He has written on our conscience.

Conscience means “with knowledge”, which means every time we break these laws, we have done so knowing it’s wrong. That twinge? That twist of guilt in the gut? That’s your God-conscience. Every time we lie (even the smallest lie), steal, hate others, commit adultery (even in our minds), worship other gods (our career or sports team or family), or use His name as a curse word, we are breaking His law.

So… what’s the damage?

The Bible says that: “the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” [Romans 6:23] God loves us (God loves us!) so much that He did not want all of humankind to have to die for their sins, which is the righteous judgment on those who purposely disobey. And we have all disobeyed.

Instead, He sent His only Son into the world to take our punishment and die for our crimes. Jesus took our place. Jesus took your place. Beaten, mocked, spat on; brutally crucified on a cross for you. Fast-forward that scene in the movie because you wouldn’t be able to bear it – so He did. When Jesus rose from the dead, He took with Him the keys to Death and Hell so that any person – of any age, gender, culture or race – who believes in Him would know freedom, purpose, and eternal life. It’s not an exclusive club – it’s for everyone.

The Bible says: “Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” [Romans 5:7–8]

So Jesus came before we earned it—not because we are innately good – but because He is. Reason enough to ask ourselves, “Who would do that?” Who, indeed.

Who’s your Daddy?

You can have a relationship with your Father in heaven.  If there was one, this would be the url: repent.com!  Recognize that you have sinned and broken God’s laws and ask Jesus to be Lord of your life. All paths do lead to Jesus… and His throne of judgment. But only those who acknowledge Him as Lord and have accepted His gift of life – through His death on the cross – gain free admission into His kingdom.

He does not promise an airbrushed hassle-free existence, but He does promise you freedom from sin, abundant life, and the transforming power of His Holy Spirit living in you.

Think of that –
Freedom. Wow.