“The Christian Gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself or less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.” – Tim Keller
What exactly do Christians mean when they talk about the “gospel of Jesus Christ?” Since the word “gospel” means “good news,” when Christians talk about the gospel, they’re simply telling the good news about what Jesus Christ has done to reconcile sinners to God. Jesus Christ gave His life as the price for this fallen and broken world. He is the good news we need to help us restore our lives. Jesus, more than anything, wants to be a part of our lives and build a relationship with us.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ refers to Jesus dying on the cross and rising again three days later. It’s Jesus taking upon Himself the guilt and shame of our sins and offering us the free gift of forgiveness and an eternal relationship with God the Father in Heaven. In other words, it’s an indescribable peace and assurance, love and acceptance that we can never earn or deserve alone.
In a world that seems to be an endless stream of bad news, the Gospel offers hope. The truth of the Gospel means that no matter what kind of suffering you are facing, no matter the difficulty, set-back, illness, grief or heartache – there is hope. Why? Because Jesus has risen and that makes all the difference. No matter how circumstances unfold, Jesus is victorious. Jesus is bigger. Jesus will walk you through all of life’s ups and downs.
The gospel is the dynamic for all heart-change, life-change, and social change. Change won’t happen through “trying harder” but only through encountering the radical grace of God.
Another thing that makes the gospel unique is that when the story does seem to get stale or boring. After a few years as a Christian, we believe we “get it” We understand the story. Only to spend some time in the Bible and discover an even deeper appreciation for and respect for the gospel. The story gets richer the more you engage it. The gospel is a song that gets sweeter the longer you listen, a film that grows more epic as you rewatch, a photograph that glows brighter the longer you stare.
- What does the gospel mean to you generally? What does it mean on a daily basis?