The word gospel simply means “good news”. It is the announcement of peace between God and mankind. But if the gospel announces peace what is the reason there is not peace? The bible makes it very clear that every person who has ever lived falls short of the perfection that God requires. The good things we do can’t erase the fact that we have broken God’s law (Ten Commandments) and are therefore subject to God’s wrath and judgment. Our misdeeds have created a gulf between us and God that God cannot ignore.
But…the gospel tells us that God’s great love for his creation and has forged a way to deal with our misdeeds so that we are not subject to His wrath. God’s plan both preserves His justice (He can’t just over look sin) and at the same time extends His great love and mercy toward us. God sent his son, Jesus Christ to earth. Jesus lived a completely perfect life and in so doing became the only qualified pay the penalty for mankind’s sin. When Jesus was crucified on the cross, God fully poured out his wrath on every sin that was committed by those who place their faith in Jesus’ perfect sacrifice. The Bible says that all those who admit they have absolutely no hope in their own merit and have faith that only Jesus’ death on the cross can pay the penalty for their sin; are forgiven. Not only are their misdeeds forgiven but Jesus’ sinless life is credited to their account so that they are actually viewed by God as completely righteous. Where there was once wrath between us and God now there is peace. This is the good news of the gospel – peace between God and man forged by the life and death of Jesus Christ.
The gospel goes even further though, it has the power to change lives. Before faith we lived solely for ourselves, feeding our pride and desires but once the gospel takes root in our hearts, we begin to be transformed from the inside out and our lives start to reflect the gospel to others. This is the good news and power of the gospel. I’ve seen at work first hand and it’s why I am completely convinced of its truth.
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Here are some links to gospel centered preaching for those interested in hearing more…