Hope. Truth. Love.
“Gospel.” Good News. Something foundational, something true. In the Christian’s case, “gospel” means truth, but it is also a story of redemption, a lifestyle of love, a key to all of life, something that is cherished. The Gospel is an arrow that points to a righteous God, a light that shows us man for who he really is, a solution to what we find in that man, and one hope for our soul’s freedom.
The good news is so good because there is very bad news. The bad news is that you and I have been corrupted (Ecclesiastes 7:20). One little sin, one wrong action or thought, makes us guilty in front of a Holy God. The Bible tells us that our sin separates us from God, and that we deserve punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 3:36).
If we go through life and we never accept who Jesus is and what He has done, we will die in our sins (John 8:24). We will die unredeemed (Romans 6:23). No heaven awaits, no eternity in perfection, no Jesus awaits us, then. That’s the simple truth.
2 Peter 3:9 tells us that God is patient with us, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. He wants us to be forgiven, and he has actually made forgiveness possible through His only son, Jesus. God tells us that in Jesus we have redemption, literally the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7). God sent Jesus not to condemn us, but to redeem us (John 3:17).
We can’t do anything to get forgiveness from God, except believe in Jesus. The punishment that we deserve was brought out on Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). He was punished so we don’t have to be. Have you ever experienced a love like that?
This is the gospel.
If you believe in Jesus, you have forgiveness. All of those piles of wrongdoing and sin that you’ve accumulated will vanish when you put your faith in Jesus (Psalm 103:12). He died in your place; he was buried in the ground for three days, but then He came back to life.
This means, my friend, you too will have life – eternal life through Jesus. You can live forgiven, guilt-free, and accepted by a Holy God. You can live free from the shackles of sin. That’s the truth. It’s where we place our hope. I would call that love.
That is the Gospel.