Here’s what I can tell you about the Gospel:
I grew up in church but was 21 years old before I understood the Gospel. I used to blame that on the churches I went to (and they likely bear some responsibility), but I now realize that it wasn’t completely their fault. The Gospel doesn’t make sense… until it DOES make sense. And then, it makes sense out of everything.
The Gospel is like a diamond– there are so many facets to look at and admire. On one hand it is incredibly simple and accessible to a child. On the other hand it is so rich and complex that I doubt any of us will really understand it until we see Christ face-t0-face.
The Gospel is for salvation. The Gospel is also for your life- right now.
The Gospel is not a list of things to change about yourself, a goal to set and accomplish, or a get-out-of-hell-free card.
The Gospel is the one good Story.
“The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne– everything– to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life. (The Jesus Storybook Bible)
The Gospel is this— we are broken, messed up people. We may think we are good, but we all do things we shouldn’t. We are mean to people, we are selfish and lazy, but we mostly try and pretend that we aren’t. Sometimes we lie. Sometimes we steal. We are good at hiding and convincing others that we are good. But we aren’t– we’re all broken.
God knows that we are broken, but he also knows how to fix it. As much as we may try and fix ourselves, there is no hope that we will ever be good enough. We need someone else to fix our brokenness– we need the One who was never mean, selfish or lazy to rescue us from ourselves.
The Gospel is belief in Jesus– believing that he came to earth as the God-man and lived a perfect life. It’s believing that at an actual moment in history, he died the death that I deserve. It’s belief that his death and resurrection actually accomplished something for me. That now, no longer bound by my brokenness, I can return praise and glory to God.
The Gospel will crush you in a way that nothing else will. Seeing your brokenness and coming face to face with who you really are is absolutely devastating. But, the Gospel will put you back together and heal you in a way that nothing else can. It removes your heart of stone and puts in its place a heart of flesh. It teaches you what true love is– how it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Cor 13:7)
The Gospel is life. The Gospel is forgiveness. The Gospel is grace.
This video does an fantastic job explaining the Gospel. More about Jason “Propaganda” Petty can be found here.