The Centrality Of The Gospel +
You will have ample opportunity to sit through many a teaching during your lives here in the western hemisphere. You will hear teachers and salespeople go on about this and that and all the while you’ll be eagerly waiting for them to get to the main thing, that one thing that matters the most. And you’ll wonder why they’re taking such a long route around to get there. I’m sure they have their reasons. There’s lots of research that goes into how to hook someone into buying something long before that someone has any idea of the cost; which is generally that main thing that they’re taking the long way round to get to.
Well make no mistake my children that in this thing called Christianity, the Gospel is the main thing. And that fact will be underestimated by you and with most all you come into contact with for pretty much all of your life. Our problem as humans is that we have a hard time grasping the main elements of the Gospel. One of those elements is the depth of our despair; the totality of the wrath of an angry God, and the absoluteness of our wickedness in the hot light of God’s holiness. I am convinced that if we understood that one thing alone it would change everything. Indeed I hope you will spend a life time endeavoring to grasp it. The more you’re able to do that, the more you will find that your circumstances will not dictate your joy. The Gospel is our only reason for joy, and without it, no joy is possible.
The best part is that the Gospel is free. But it’s only free to us. It was not free in the grand scheme of things. This is probably the most difficult to understand, and the fact that God’s holiness is woven into it makes it all the more difficult to grasp. Jesus was holy. That, my children, is no small thing. He was perfect and righteous and in pure fellowship with the trinity, and He was un marred by sin. And yet He took our sin on Himself. He payed the price. I’m sure that it’s beyond our human ability to grasp the cost involved when such holiness takes on sin in order to bring about this gift offered to man.
And another element is the love that was expressed for those who are His when He sent His son to die on the cross for sinners. If we grasped the condition of those whom God paid such a high price to redeem, at the very point when he paid the price to redeem it, we would be undone. We talk about love. But I’m sure that our words are rendered bankrupt in their attempts to express the totality of the Gospel. We were saved from God’s wrath, at a priceless price, into His love, by absolutely no merit of our own. There is simply nothing to compare to that. And in the same way that man seems to ever be discovering the secrets of the universe, I am convinced that His children will ever be discovering the awesome wonders of this thing called the Gospel; the “good news”. For indeed it was the best news any of us could have ever gotten.
I pray dear children that you would spend your lives digging ever deeper into the miracles of the Gospel, and that you would increasingly become undone by the magnificent, wondrous, awe-inspiring, boundless, transcendent beauty of Christ, and Him crucified.