The Wonderful Gospel
There are many remarkable things about the universe in which we live. Its existence is a miracle for it came about by divine wisdom and power. Our own planet is fascinating with its beautiful features and its breathtaking variety of living things, great and small.
Man himself is a marvel, being God’s greatest handiwork, and our lives are full of blessings which are granted by our Maker. We have family, friends, work and leisure. These things can become familiar and routine but we should never cease to be amazed at the goodness of God.
There is a greater wonder yet though. Despite all that we enjoy there is something very wrong with this world. Across the globe every day tragic events take place, bringing hardship to millions. Countless evil deeds are done, many of which go unpunished. Everyone of us grows old and frail and eventually we die. In the end our lives seem to lack real purpose and meaning. What has brought about this sad situation?
The truth is that we are a fallen race. Sin has entered our hearts. It began with the first man Adam who represented us in the first paradise. When he ate the forbidden fruit in Eden we sinned in him, sharing his guilt and his sentence: “by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Rom.5:12). Because of our sin we deserve to be punished by a holy God.
Is there a remedy? Yes – in the gospel of Christ! Sadly many have little time for this greatest of all good news. They view the gospel as outdated, irrelevant and even offensive; they would be happy if it was never proclaimed again. Yet to us the gospel is wonderful.
It is wonderful that there is a gospel. The gospel was not made up by men but sent down to us poor sinners by a loving God. We do not deserve it: how could we? We should praise God continually that He did not cast off mankind but showed mercy, choosing a people for Himself. He invites us all to come to Him for forgiveness, friendship and fellowship.
It is also wonderful what the gospel reveals. The gospel makes known salvation through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God. Christ was foretold in the Old Testament as the seed of the woman (Gen.3:15), the child named Immanuel (Isa.7:14) and the man of sorrows bearing our griefs (Isa.53:3,4). In the New Testament we see Him incarnate, paying for our sins by shedding His blood at Calvary.
Such is the corruption of our nature that left to ourselves we cannot believe the gospel: “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God” (1Cor.2:14). If we are to see the way of salvation then God must open the eyes of our understanding. Our need is to pray to the Lord that He would bless the preaching of the gospel each Sabbath.
Above all it is wonderful what the gospel does. The gospel changes men’s hearts and lives – forever. It lifts them out of the dunghill and sets them with princes, to enjoy the “exceeding riches” of God’s grace in His kindness towards His own (Eph.2:7). Believers are thrilled to think that such a Saviour came into such a world to save such wretches as they are!
Have you seen the Saviour’s glory? Are you looking to Him as the only Mediator? Are you trusting in His redeeming work? If you possess eternal life in Christ then you will agree how wonderful the gospel is.