What the gospel is…and is not…

The gospel of the Lord is not something that can be proven. Nor is the gospel of the Lord something that can be sized up. The gospel of the Lord is not somEscondido | Hiddenething that one can be coaxed into believing. The gospel of the Lord is not something that you can decide to make valid in your life. The gospel of the Lord is not something that is 99% finished and you just need to add that last 1% to complete it.

The gospel of the Lord is an objective truth that must be done to you. It takes hold of you from outside of yourself. It makes it’s own way into your broken heart, mind and soul.

It is the Promise of God, spoken to you by a preacher… read in His Holy Bible… washed over you in Baptism… given to you freely in the Sacrament of the Altar. That is the gospel of the Lord.

This life giving good news is done to you, by God, through the means mentioned above.

“Well, that doesn’t sound too sexy.” “That doesn’t sound like there’s much for me to do.” “That doesn’t leave my ‘free will’ intact.” “That just puts an end to my religious efforts.” That means that just anyone can qualify.” “That just doesn’t make any sense.”

Maybe not. But that’s the truth. That’s the gospel. Have a nice day.

It’s sooooo complex!

As I read on many Christian blogs around the net, this Christian faith stuff is way too complicated for the average Joe and Mary on the street. How in the world would we ever figure it out if it weren’t for the plethora of books telling us everything that Day 194 (11/26/07)we need to do, think, or feel?

 Are some of those books helpful? Yes, they can be.

But many of them just muck up the clear waters of a crystal clear message…’Christ died for sinners.’

“At the right time, Christ died for the ungodly.” Are you ungodly?  I hope so…for then He died for you.

Personally, I have done much damage, and continue to do damage, not only in my own life but more painfully, in the lives of others.  I have not loved God with my whole heart and I have not loved my neighbor as myself.

But the Lord has had mercy on me, just has he has had on you. He forgives my sin and cleanses me daily, in the waters of my baptism (which I revisit daily) and in the sacrament of the altar, and in the hearing of His beautiful promises, spoken to me by the poor words of the preacher.

“Your sins are forgive for Jesus’ sake”!

Simple.

Powerful.

Life giving.

And it’s not very complicated. Not complicated at all.

The Good News!

The ‘Good News’ is that there is nothing that you have to do to enter the kingdom of Heaven.

There is nothing at all that you have to do. If there was sojump for joymething then it wouldn’t be ‘Good News’.

Christ has done it all, on the cross, in your baptism, at His supper, declared you to be forgiven and righteous in Himself. Now you are totally free!

That’s the ‘Good News’! If that doesn’t feel like good news to you, but rather that announcement makes you a little uneasy…then you haven’t really heard it yet. There’s a part of you that still lives under the law. So, we’ll keep repeating this until (by God’s grace) it sticks…’your sins are forgiven for Jesus sake’!

    – Steve