As I write this I am in the midst of Vacation Bible School. I truly enjoy VBS. It is a chance to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with new people.
Some would think that I would grow tired of teaching the same thing every year, but the opposite is true. I love teaching the Gospel. Some would say, “I know the Gospel story. There is nothing new there.” Those that say that are wrong. There is always something new in the Christ story.
Gospel means good news. That good news is the fact that almighty God sent his one and only son, Jesus of Nazareth, to die a humiliating death for our sins so that we can spend forever with Him in Heaven (That may be the most exciting sentence I have ever typed). This is an extremely humbling statement.
The actuality that God did all this for you and me is mind blowing. God offers us this gift of salvation for free! The Gospel is a renewal. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” This means the old selfish us dies and we become a new creation in Christ. The focus is no longer on us; the focus is now on Christ!
I have the privilege of sharing this with numerous children and adults during the week of VBS. Everyone needs to hear this good news. I need to hear it daily. I need to be reminded daily, not just at Easter and Christmas, of God’s undeserved love for me.
Romans 3:23 tells us, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Let’s be honest, we all sin. Sin is selfish. We want to feel better about ourselves so we hurt others. When you say it bluntly like that it hurts, but it’s true and we all know it. That’s called conviction, another topic for another day. Back to the point: we all sin, fall short, or miss the mark. We are the ones that deserve that humiliating death on a cross, not the blameless Son of God!
This is what makes the Gospel awesome. We do not, I repeat: Do Not deserve the forgiveness that God gives us through Jesus.
This may be the first time you have ever heard this, and you are saying, “I feel like something has been missing in my life and this is what I have been looking for.” Awesome! Salvation is as easy as ABC. First, you have to Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, meaning He’s in charge and we do what He wants us to. Second, you have to Believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and was resurrected three days later. Third, you have to Confess your sins to Him and repent of those sins. Repent means to turn away from. To turn away from your sins you have to fully rely on Christ.
You may have heard this many times before and you are thinking: why is he telling me this, I know the Gospel story. Like I said before, we need to be reminded daily of God’s love for us. Once we know of this love it becomes part of who we are and we want to share it with everyone we know.
Whether the journey of your salvation is just beginning or has been going on for a while, the love of Christ is something that we need to be reminded of constantly. Peter Kreeft said, “We sinned for no reason but an incomprehensible lack of love, and He saved us for no reason but an incomprehensible excess of love.”
This excess of love that God has shown for us has got to excite us and make us want to share the good news of Jesus Christ.