What is the Gospel?
What is it that Christians believe? What does the word Gospel even mean? Gospel means the "good news." In ancient times, it was a declaration of a great victory. Our church believes that we are messengers of a great victory, the victory of Jesus Christ in defeating sin and restoring all things to himself.
The Bible tells us that in the beginning, God created all things. He made the world and everything in it, and he made humans, man and woman, in his image. God said that everything was "good." This is why we feel like the world and people around us "ought" to be good. But when you look around, doesn't it feel like the world is a bit broken?
The first created people, Adam and Eve, lived in the Garden of Eden and walked and talked with God. He commanded them not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, but they rebelled and disobeyed God by doing so. Because of Adam and Eve's sin, the world and all mankind are broken. Sin is the reason we feel shame and fear, why death is a reality we all experience, and why the world is not good as it ought to be. We were made to live in relationship with our Creator, God, but that relationship was severed in the fall. Do you ever feel this brokenness in your own life?
Thankfully, God didn't leave us in our helpless state of sin and brokenness. God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, into this world to redeem us, to save us from sin. Our sin against the Creator is deserving of death, but Christ took on the punishment for our sins in his death on the cross. Jesus lived a perfect life; he never sinned or disobeyed God - something we in our brokenness could never do. When we come to faith in Christ, his perfect record of righteousness is given to us, and we are able to be in relationship with the holy God. Jesus offers a solution - the only solution - to our brokenness. Does this resonate with you?
God promises that one day all things will be restored. All of the sin, pain, sadness, brokenness, and death of this world will be wiped clean! Not only can we have relationship with God through Christ now, but one day ALL the brokenness of this world will be undone. God will create a New Heaven and a New Earth, and those who believe in him will dwell with him there forever. This is what heaven looks like: creation restored, relationship with God through Christ restored, justice restored. Do you believe this? Do you believe that you are broken and that Christ offers the solution? Do you trust and rely on him to restore you to God? Do you have hope that through Christ all things will be restored one day?