The Gospel: Not What, But Who
Theologian Charles Hodge once said, “The gospel is so simple that small children can understand it, and it is so profound that studies by the wisest theologians will never exhaust its riches.”
When doing a survey on the knowledge of U.S. Religions, Pew Forum’s found that 55% of Americans couldn’t name all four of the Gospels. To me, this seems crazy because the Gospels are a fundamental part of the Christian faith; sharing the Life, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I am sure if you were to ask the same group of people what the Gospel is, some would have no idea, while others might fumble around saying the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. While those books are called the Gospels, they are not in themselves, the Gospel. The Gospel is so much more.
The Gospel is the love story of God the Father, sending down His Son to die for the Sins of the world. 1 John 4:9-10 (ESV) tells us, “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Sins that were cast upon us due to our disobedience. Sin that leads us down a winding road towards our damnation. Sin that we cannot save ourselves from. Sin that the perfect Son of God was beaten, pierced, and stretched out upon the Cross for; a love that we will never fully grasp. Charles Spurgeon said, “[t]here is a power in God's gospel beyond all description,” and it isn’t until one opens ones’ heart to Christ that we are able to get a glimpse of that power. It is the true power of the gospel that can heal souls, pour out love, and make grown men cry.
The question, “What is the Gospel?” may seem simple, but since it’s so fundamental, it is important that believers’ fully known what the Gospel is; if we can’t explain the Gospel, how then can we proclaim it? Every day we have a chance to read Scriptures and use this opportunity to grow. It is impossible to exhaust its riches and there is always more to learn. Never stop studying the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and never stop pursuing Christ, because His very life and death was sent to pursue you.
Jesus is the hero in the love story God wrote us; this love story is the Gospel!