Telling the Gospel
The Gospel is the Good News of what Jesus has done for us, what His death and resurrection mean for us and all creation. While Jesus died once for us, there are many ways we may talk about what He did for us. At Family of Christ North, we’ve been talking about sharing the Gospel with others. So, I thought I’d write some posts over the next few days showing some different ways we might tell others about what Jesus has done.
Jesus Took Our Place
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,
– 1 Peter 3:18
Earlier this week I watched the movie, National Treasure. In the movie, the main character steals the Declaration of Independence in order to protect it, but someone else ends up taking it from him. Later, he’s caught by the FBI and is explaining why he took the Declaration and that he was happy to help get it back, but he wanted some things in return for helping. He listed a number of things and at the end he said, “…and it would be great if I didn’t have to go to jail.” The FBI agent replied that the law was broken so, “Somebody’s got to go to jail.”
Somebody has to go to jail. This is basically what God has said about our sin. We broke the Law, the commandments God gave. So now somebody has to suffer the punishment. God is a just God and He won’t just ignore sin or “let it slide”. Romans 3:23 tells us that the punishment for sin is death. Someone had to serve the punishment. In order that we would not have to suffer the punishment, Jesus suffered if for us. He took our place. He, the righteous one, suffered for us, the unrighteous. He suffered our death. He took the punishment that we deserved so that He might bring us to God and we would live.
The Good News of Jesus is that he took our place, suffered our punishment and if we believe in Him we no longer face that punishment, but are free. We don’t have to die, but will live eternally with Him.
Praise the Lord!