No one is more loved or hated than Jesus.
Christians use the word “gospel” to refer to the good news about who Jesus is, what he came to do, what he still does, and what he will do. We believe he changes everything. Why do we believe that the truth of Jesus is the gospel, the good news, for everyone?
Who is Jesus?
He has been one of the most, if not the most, influential characters throughout history. There are a lot of theories about who Jesus was: a good man, a teacher, a self-deluded prophet, an exaggeration of his disciples’ imagination, a collection of myths, or non-existent — even though there is an overall consensus between historians that he did exist. We believe that Jesus is Immanuel, which means “God with us.” Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of Man, fully God and fully man, two natures in one person — a concept which we can never fully understand. He took on a human body to experience the same pain, struggle, and temptations we face on a daily basis. Because of this dual nature, he is truly “God with us”.
What did Jesus come to do?
While Jesus did many things on earth, from teaching to healing to performing miracles, the most important reason for him to come is best understood through his own words. He said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised” (Luke 9:22). Jesus came to suffer, to be rejected, to be crucified, and to be resurrected.
Why would God come down from heaven for that? Jesus is clear: “the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45) “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
Simply put, Jesus suffered for you. He lived and gave his life for us out of great love. He came to live a perfect life that we couldn’t, pay the price that we deserved through his death, and through his resurrection he accomplish for us what we couldn’t do on our own. He suffered and died so that we could be saved, forgiven, and restored to right relationship with God.
What does Jesus still do?
Jesus doesn’t just save us for life-after-death, but for life-here-and-now. While our ultimate place is in a new world, free from pain and death (Revelation 21:1-4), Jesus gives us purpose for today. Jesus invites us into his kingdom, and to help that kingdom come in our broken world. Jesus continues to pour out love and grace on all people. He pursues those who are far from him and walks with those who are following him.
What will Jesus do?
He will reconcile the world to himself and make all things new (2 Corinthians 5:19). Ultimately, when Jesus returns he will establish God’s kingdom and finally eradicate sin, evil, and death. He will wipe away every tear, and there will be no more mourning or suffering. On that day, every knee will bow and recognize him as King (Acts 3:21, Philippians 2:5-11) and he will come to judge the living and the dead. He will accept those who accept him and deny those who deny him (Matthew 10:33).
Jesus changes everything.
This is merely a sketch of the good news, but as you can see, the gospel really does change everything. The gospel is not advice on how to live, it’s good news about who and what true life is. It is the good news of Jesus, God with us. It is the good news about Jesus’ forgiveness through his great love and sacrifice. It is the good news that God has rescued us from sin, Satan, and death.
If you have any questions, we would love to dig deeper into the mystery and wonder of Jesus with you.