Jesus is the Gospel
The gospel is not: a decision to receive, believe, retrieve your own personal Jesus.
The gospel is not: making Him Lord, re-dedicating your life, saying a “sinner’s prayer”
In fact, the Gospel is completely outside of your (or my) activity.
The Gospel is ALL God’s activity through Jesus Christ.
What is ‘Gospel’? It means ‘Good News’.
It is Jesus dying on the cross for your sin and my sin, and being raised in resurrection, so we can have the gift of resurrection in Him.
What’s the bad news?
First, the world is fallen and it can’t get up
Second, the devil is a fallen angel, not an archaic, pre-logical myth
Third, we have fallen into our coffin, and are bound to a horrible eternal end unless there’s an intervention
In other words, the situation is hopeless.
God loves hopeless situations.
God loves hopeless sinners.
Because Jesus was given as a sacrifice for sin. He came to seek and save that which was lost. Jesus came for sinners (including me).
And, He continues to be the good news for us.
When we confess our sin (not a feeling), He is faithful and just to forgive us based on His bloody death.
When we have doubt (by the way, doubt means you have faith to begin with), He remains faithful as a priest before the Father in Heaven.
When we are hungry for good news, we can find it in the promise that God has sent a deliverer in Jesus. He hasn’t come for “good people”, but for those who have no hope in themselves.
He is hope fulfilled. Both now and forever. Amen.