Over the last two thousand years a lot has been written about the gospel. What it is. What it isn’t. And who has said it best. All of this is fine and well. We must talk about the gospel. We must love the gospel. We must structure our lives around the gospel--because without the gospel we have no hope.
Thinking back over the course of my life there are those singular events that have shaped and molded who I am. We all have these moments. Some of these are positive. It may be time spent with a parent as a child. Or a teacher that spoke into your life at the right time challenging you to do better. It may be a religious experience. A manifestation of grace in your life that is unexplainable. Think about Paul walking down the road to Damascus. Ready to kill. And then bam. Jesus stops him dead in his tracks and says, “You’re mine!”
Well the gospel is one of those kinds of events. One of those kinds of stories. It’s an epic on a cosmic scale. It’s not about you and me. It’s about God. It’s his story. He’s author. One well-known author said it best with the title of one of his books God is the Gospel.
The culmination of the story has been inaugurated through the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. Paul reminds the Corinthians of this fact,
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you— unless you believed in vain.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. (1 Corinthians 1:1-8).
It’s that first big bang, if you will, that first interruption into history by Jesus Christ that has altered the course of history forever. Nothing will ever be the same. Not for you. Not for me. Especially if you embrace the gospel as true and trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. That singular event has impacted the world in ways which cannot be know.
John the beloved says,
Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written (John 21:25).
Just the exploits and teachings of Jesus when he was alive would difficult to contain in all volumes of the world but multiple that impact times infinity and you would be just touching the surface of the significance of that moment in history.
That’s why no matter how many books have been written about the gospel. No matter how many angles we have examined it from it will never give way to our intellect (forget about having that oh I totally get it moment). It will never entertain our boredom. It’s like a diamond that you can hold up to a light that will refract that singular light into a million different rays of light. And each time you turn that diamond it refracts more light. And encourages us to further gaze at its beauty.
Mathew Sims is an average Joe who works a 9 to 5 and blogs on the side. He is an editor and writer for Grace for Sinners. He lives in Simpsonville, SC and loves spending time with his two daughters, Claire and Maddy, and wife of seven years, LeAnn. He has a BA in English/Creative Writing and attended Geneva Reformed Seminary for two years completing nearly 40 hours hours of an Mdiv program. He and his family serve and are members at Grace Church. He loves reading, writing, the outdoors, music, cooking, and is an Apple fan boy. You can find him on twitter @GraceforSinners and Facebook. Please email me with any questions or comment below.