The gospel is the good news that Jesus has defeated sin, death, and evil through His own death and resurrection and is making all things new, even us.
Everyone who has ever lived in this world has a haunting sense that not everything in life is the way it’s supposed to be. There are moments of sheer beauty and intense joy but then there are also moments of unspeakable evil and tragic brokenness. As Christians, we believe that God is intensely interested in the suffering and brokenness of our world; so interested, in fact, that He came Himself in the person of Jesus Christ to take the full weight of sin, brokenness and evil on his own shoulders through his death on the Cross so that all things could be made new.
For anyone who trusts in Jesus, His death on the cross breaks the power of sin, death and evil. This means for us that we are freed from sin’s penalty. Jesus has taken the penalty for sin in our place so we have no need to fear judgment or punishment from God!
Jesus’ death in our place also breaks sin’s power in the present. We no longer need to feel enslaved to our sin and brokenness because Jesus’ power gives us the ability to follow after God joyfully and wholeheartedly!
Jesus’ work also gives us the hope that one day we will be completely freed from even the presence of sin. Jesus Himself will come back and remove everything both in us and outside of us that makes His world a broken, sad place so that he can restore it to beauty and wholeness!
The gospel message also shows us the grand narrative of creation, fall, redemption and restoration ordained by God and orchestrated through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. This narrative tells us that God has been working out His ultimate purpose for creation throughout history and one day will restore all things to peace, justice, harmony and order. Anyone who has placed their hope in Jesus has been rescued from the power of sin for a purpose; to join God in this mission to restore all things, even us.