The Gospel changes everything.
I’ve said these words before. Perhaps you have, too.
I’ve also forgotten them countless times. Perhaps you have, too.
Maybe you’ve heard or read them and thought, Okay. But how?
Or even, No. Not the gospel I’ve been taught.
Whether you can remember sitting in church as a kid, little feet dangling from the pew, or you’ve not graced the doors of a church for weeks, years, or ever—do you know the Gospel today?
Do you know…
You were designed on purpose, with intention, love, and care.
You are broken—tragically broken—but the One who made you can also bind you up and make you whole.
You have hope—real hope for the next moment and season, for a lifetime and forever.
Do you know this healing and hope don’t depend on you but on the One who loves you? The work has already been done, the gift freely given, secured and kept for YOU.
The Gospel is the good news of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is an everlasting and all-encompassing hope. It is for you and for me, it is for real and it is for right now, it can change you and it will change you.
Pastor and teacher Tim Keller explains it this way: “We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”
Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
It is every bit that simple, yet it is unfathomably profound. It is so plain a child can see it clearly, yet so mysterious the most educated theologians will always have more to learn. But let’s not misunderstand: the mystery of the Gospel does nothing to negate its truth. Paul says in scripture that “now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1 Cor. 13:12).
We are children looking through a fogged up window at the glory of new-fallen snow. We are wanderers lying in a field, staring up in darkness at a massive, star-filled sky. God is revealing Himself in everything, and whether or not we believe, the Truth remains true. We cannot fully understand it, but that does not make it less true.
Over the next two weeks, we will explore the mystery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ together. Believers and skeptics alike, we will grab hold of these words and give them a fresh, honest look.
Will you join us? Will you make circles with us on the cold, foggy glass and see what’s on the other side?
It’s the story of all stories. Let’s tell it to one another again.
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