The Gospel Truth
People do crazy, nasty things. Often their actions are under the pretense of false justification, other times because of selfishness, and sometimes just plain evil is the only explanation. Sin is a self-inflicted disease that’s been enslaving humans from the earliest of days. (Romans 3:23, 5:12-13, 6:16-20) The problem is, humans are all susceptible to this disease and no one has the cure. You can’t buy the cure with good deeds, you can’t wish it away by not treating it, and there’s only one way to get rid of it. This disease eventually ends in death. (Romans 6:23, James 1:15, 5:20)
The Good News is that anyone can get the cure. (1 Timothy 2:3-4) Any human, no matter how sinful he or she is, can be healed and brought to life, both here on earth and after. All it requires is a step of faith, a profession of belief, and a life lived for the glory of the One who gave us pure, unadulterated life. (John 3:16, Romans 10: 9-10, 12)
You see, God’s heart bleeds for His enslaved children. He hates sin, because it hurts others, and the world is trapped in it. Even worse — sin separates us from God, and as a perfect being He cannot tolerate it. (Proverbs 6:16-19, Ezekiel 18:20) God could have left us to die, but it was His undying, unconditional love for us that caused Him to help us. Instead of coolly surveying the self-destruction of His people, He acted. God did something radical. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, fully human and fully divine, to come to this earth and live the sinless life that no human ever could. (Colossians 2:9, Matthew 18:11, 14) Jesus’ sinlessness would break the curse of sin and allow God’s people to break away from their sin and seek Him. But there was a catch: Jesus had to die. Only perfect love can cast out sin and fear, and the only source of perfect love is God. (1 John 4:7-9,18) It was a necessary sacrifice to save the world. Can you imagine sending your son to a place where you knew he’d die?
Jesus spent His life doing good for others, spouting out radical things like treating people kindly, and defying the status quo. God made it clear that He was pleased with His son and loved Him. (Matthew 3:16-17) Many people loved Jesus for His messages of love and for His miracles that healed the sick. Others, especially those in political power, hated Him for challenging the messages they used to keep their subjects in place. (Matthew 15:14, 23:13) Eventually he was tortured and brutally crucified on a cross, put there by the very people He intended to save. He died an unjust and shameful death, naked and bleeding for the whole world to see. (John 19)
Jesus knew He had to die. He willingly went to His death for our sake. (John 12:27) Three days after His death, God raised Jesus from the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:4) His sinless life broke all the rules, literally. His death opened the door for us to have a pure relationship with God. (1 Peter 2:24) When you repent of your sinfulness, God absolves you of it completely. He separates your sin from you as far as the East is from the West. (Psalm 103:12, 1 John 1:7-9, Romans 8:1) As a believer in Christ’s sacrifice and His role as Savior in your life, you die to sin and share in Christ’s resurrection as a Child of God, a new creature. (Romans 6:4-6) God sends His Holy Spirit to dwell inside you as a believer, teaching you obedience and love, living within you as Christ lived on earth. (Romans 8:11, 10:9-10) Once you were bound by sin; now you are free. Once you were dead in your sin, and now you are alive in Christ. You are free to love others the way Christ loves you, with unconditional, passionate, sacrificial love. It’s more than kindness…it’s a way of life — it’s what we call Grace. (Ephesians 2:3-5, 1 Corinthians 15:57)
It’s not always easy to live on earth as a Christian. Christians face discomfort as we battle the temptations on earth and attempt to explain why we do things differently from the world. I’m sad to report that even today many all over the world are martyred for proclaiming faith in Christ. But the benefits far outweigh the risks. There is nothing that could possibly outshine an intimate relationship with God.
The world is sick with sin. Good-natured people try to fix the world with good deeds, and often it helps. But there is no permanent solution outside of Christ’s salvation. (John 14:6, 1 John 5:1, Galatians 2:16) When people live as they are called, in union with the One who created them and loves them eternally, then sin is broken. It has no hold over us, and we can transform the world into the way it was intended to be: in a perfect relationship with God, free from sin.
Sadly, our world will not know perfect peaceful harmony until Christ returns to reign His heavenly kingdom on earth. Many will choose to continue in their life of sin. Others claim to follow Christ and preach messages of hatred. The Solution to life’s problems has been out there, and it’s waiting to be embraced: The Real Solution is Christ.
My humble synopsis of the amazing story of Christ is hardly a substitute for the story found in the Bible. Christ’s story is one of drama, politics, love, miracles, and sacrifice. If you have questions, I encourage you to search for the Truth. Read the Bible, talk to your local pastor, speak to a friend of yours who is Christian. You are welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will do my very best to answer your questions or respond to your comments. Ultimately, the only one who can give you what you are searching for is God. If you truly ask Him to answer your questions, and I have no doubt that He will.
Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.