The Gospel

The only reason for my existence is to have a personal relationship with God. Many of us who grew up in the church have heard this statement, crafted a thousand different ways, and are quite numb to it. But it’s the bottom line of why we are on earth. God desires to have a deep, intimate relationship with each member of the human race.

Before anything was, there was God. Before angels had been created to sing His praise or a universe was formed to display His power, there was just God. Only God. He was solitary and self-sufficient within Himself—Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. And although there was perfect, harmonious fellowship within this Triune God, a decision was made to form the earth and to create the human race: men and women made in His image. God didn’t need to create humanity because He was lonely; He created us because it pleased Him to do it. He deeply desired for us to experience a personal relationship with Him for eternity.

The human race chose to rebel—sin—against God. Sin is such a horrible offense in the sight of this Holy God that the only way it can be judged is by death. And because God is holy and cannot tolerate sin in His presence, the only way for it to be judged is by eternal death—separation—from Him in a place called hell. Although God would have been perfectly justified in His holiness to allow the entire human race to be sentenced to eternal death, He loved the world so much that He sent Jesus Christ to die for the sins that we deserved to die for. Now, through what Jesus did on the cross, God redeems His children back to Himself by grace through faith.

A number of years ago I stumbled across a headline about a middle-aged lady who went skydiving for a milestone birthday. As she and her instructor jumped tandem out of the airplane, there was a major malfunction in the parachute. The first chute didn’t deploy and then the reserve got tangled up with the first one. At around 500 feet before impact, the instructor heroically rotated the control toggles to position himself underneath the woman so he was the one who crashed into the ground at around 60 miles per hour. He survived, but was severely injured in the process. Afterwards, in total shock, the lady made a profound statement over and over, “he broke my fall.”

That’s exactly what Jesus has done for each of us. We were like that lady: spiraling downwards towards our death and destruction. But since God loved each of us too much to leave us in that condition, He sent Jesus, from heaven, to “break our fall” on the cross. Whereas we deserved to die, He died in our place. And three days later God raised Him from the dead. By turning from our sins, and believing the Gospel, we are given the assurance that we will spend eternity with God in heaven.

The word Gospel means “good news.” The best news you’ll ever hear today is “for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). In the midst of the ups and downs of life, the reality of the Gospel message reminds us that this world is not our home!