The Good News of The Gospel

The gospel is the good news that God has not given up on the world that He is active in the world. The gospel announces that God has not given up on the world, because this world matters. This world that we call home dirt and blood and sweat and skin and light and water, this world that God is redeeming and restoring and renewing. What we do with our lives matters in this body the one that we inhabit right now. Every act of compassion matters. Every work of art that celebrates the good and the true matters. Every fair and honest act of business and trade, every kind word. They all belong and they will all go on in God’s good world. Nothing will be forgotten. Nothing will be wasted. It all has its place. Jesus invites us to trust resurrection. That every glimmer of good, every hint of hope, every impulse that elevates the soul is a sign, a taste, a glimpse of how things actually are and how things will ultimately be. (Rob Bell)

God loves you just as you are, but way too much to leave you that way. God is changing you into the person He would have you be. You and I matter; God wants a personal relationship with each of us. It’s shocking to realize that the creator of the universe wants an intimate, personal relationship with us. That no matter what you have done or haven’t God looks at you and says, “I love you.”  We live in a world filled with people who ignore or hate you for no reason to know that God wants us, that God would die naked and shivering on a cross to reconcile the entire universe to him is beyond amazing. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Only through Jesus can we live life to the full.  If you want to have eternal life now and later, if you want to follow Jesus, then you must realize you have sinned, but that is not the end of the story. Not even close to the end. It’s only a beginning. Jesus enters the picture and saves you form condemnation. In Jesus, God has put up a “Gone Fishing” sign on the religion shop. He has done the whole job in Jesus once and for all and simply invited us to believe it–to trust the bizarre, unprovable proposition that in him, every last person on earth is already home free without a single religious exertion: no fasting till your knees fold, no prayers you have to get right or else, no standing on your head with your right thumb in your left ear and reciting the correct creed–no nothing… The entire show has been set to rights in the Mystery of Christ–even though nobody can see a single improvement. Yes, it’s crazy. Yes, it’s wild, outrageous, and vulgar. Any God who would do such a thing is a God who has no taste. Worst of all, it doesn’t sell worth beans. But it is Good News—the only permanently good news there is—and therefore I find it absolutely captivating. (Robert Farrar Capon)

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:17-18)

 

The gospel is the good news that God loves you as you but way too much to leave you that way. By this gospel, you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day. (1 Corinthians 15:2-4) The gospel is the good news and to be the really good news than it must be good news for all no matter who they what they have done. God loves us, all of us!

Grace and Peace

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