The Gospel is the most wonderful message every conceived. It exposes the human problem and at the same time reveals the divine solution. There is no more wonderful message.
There have been many things I have learned on my journey with Jesus. But, in all my learn I have not learned enough. With each day I am astounded by how beautiful God’s grace is. It is glorious and awe-inspiring.
I really don’t have the words to do justice here. I will not try. What I will say is that the more I look at this divine reality I become more convinced of its power and purpose. And that is really what I want to say.
If people who do not yet know the Gospel; have not yet believed the Gospel; have yet to feel the effects of the Gospel, would just give it a fair chance, I believe they would be surprised at its effects. We come to Jesus with too many demands and even more prejudgments. We come to Jesus and we demand out of selfish impulses rather than receive what he offers. It’s quite a remarkable state of affairs.
What many do not understand is that the resurrection that Christians celebrate on Easter morning is the climactic moment in the divine drama. A drama being played out in the history of the world. The Gospel did not begin on resurrection morning. And it did not begin when Jesus entered into the human experience. It began long before.
What I mean is that the Gospel began at creation. The Gospel marches through the story of the nation of Israel and King David’s regal lineage. The Gospel is present in on every page penned by every prophet ending with John the Baptist. And it passes through events surrounding Jesus crucifixion, touching every person who has ever believed in the name of above every name. The Gospel is still alive because it is alive in me and in you if you believe.
As we reach the middle of Holy Week I would encourage you to consider your role in this Gospel drama. What role have you played? What role are you playing? And possibly most important, what role do you desire to play in the time you have left on this earth? Do not take it for granted. Seize the moment God has given to you, to each of us, to be Gospel people to a world that desperately needs some Good News!