Text: 1 Corinthians 13:8-13, 2 Timothy 1:8-10, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
– 1 Corinthians 1:18, ESV
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.
Perhaps you’ve heard or read them and thought, Maybe. But how?
Or even, No. Not the gospel I’ve heard.
Do you know the gospel? Whether you can remember sitting in church as a kid, little feet dangling from the pew, or whether you’ve not graced the doors for weeks, years, or ever – Do you know the gospel today?
Do you know that you were designed on purpose, with intention and love and care?
Do you know that you are broken – tragically broken – but that the very One who made you can bind you up, can make you whole and wholly loved?
Do you know that you have hope, hope for the next minute, the next season, a lifetime, forever?
Do you know that this binding up and this hope, they don’t depend on you but on the One who loves you? Did you know the work has already been done, the gift secured and kept safe for you?
The gospel is Jesus Christ. It is His life, death and resurrection. You may know this already. But how what does it mean for you and me? How can one put the everlasting and all-encompassing hope of the gospel into words?
Pastor and teacher Timothy Keller explains the implications of the gospel 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.”
This is the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ, friends. This is the reality that will change absolutely everything. It will change you.
Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
It is every bit that simple, and it is absolutely complex.
It is so plain a little child can see it, can reach out her hands and take hold of it just as clearly and tangibly as she takes hold of a favorite toy.
And it is so mysterious and abstract that the most educated theologians will always have more to learn.
Don’t misunderstand. The mystery of the Gospel does nothing to negate its truth. Paul says in the 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 newfallen snow. We are wanderers lying in a field, staring up in darkness at a massive, star-filled sky. We see the truth and we know it – deep down inside, we know it. We can not fully understand it, but that does not make it less true.
These next eight days we will explore the mystery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Believers and seekers 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.
*NOTE: The “This Is The Gospel” reading plan is available only on shereadstruth.com (it is not available on the YouVersion app).
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