Sovereign Grace Music has a short song that sums up the essence of the gospel. Do you know what the name of it is? It’s called the Gospel Song, I know, it’s very appropriately named. It goes like this:
Holy God in love became
Perfect man to bear my blame
On the cross He took my sin
By his death I live again
Well if you knew me on or before 2009 you would not have found me sharing the above message with you. But now, despite it possibly being some sort of awkward overshare, hang on with me a few more sentences.
God created the whole world, including each person. He did it in an instant and just by speaking. It’s unbelievable, I get it, but it’s true! Not only is he the creator of all things, but He wants to have a relationship with his children. But since the events that took place in the garden of Eden, we are no longer able to have fellowship with God because of sin. Yes, I said it, sin. Sin is disobeying God, following your heart, doing the opposite of what the bible says is holy. So here’s the eternal problem – Romans 6:23 says the wages of sin is death, aka the only thing we earn for ourselves with all our disobeying is eternal death. And this problem is not ever overcome with being a good person. You can’t do enough to make up for all your sin. God knows this. So out of love he sent his son Jesus to come to Earth as a baby and live a perfect sinless life. And as challenging as it was to live a sinless life (I can’t go just 10 minutes without sinning), Jesus did something even more difficult, he willingly chose to die on the cross so that he could pay for the sin of every past and future believer in him. This is the best and kind of most horrifying news ever. Someone (God in human form, no less) had to die so I could live. But by faith in Christ and what he has done for God’s children, I can have life!
Well I can only imagine some of you who might actually read this whole paragraph, some of you I’ve known since college or high school or birth. And some of you might wholeheartedly disagree. And I get that, because once, I was that person disagreeing too. But just by asking Him, Jesus gave me eyes to see the truth of his gospel. And if you ask, he can show you too. It’s kind of a big deal, like more important than everything in this life. If you don’t believe me, I challenge you to dust off a bible in your house (or your mom’s house, you know she’s probably got some on a shelf someplace) and check it out for yourself.
In love (and truth),