What is the Gospel?
The word “Gospel” literally means “good news.” In order to understand why it’s so good, we must first understand the bad news.
We have all sinned.
As a result of the fall in the Garden of Eden, mankind has inherently been corrupted by sin. Sin is anything that separates us from God; even the smallest lie misses the mark (the perfect standard) that God has set for us. Because of our sin, we are separated from our Creator and deserve the penalty for our sin, death.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
God sent His Son, Jesus, to save you.
Even though we can’t earn our way back to God or measure up to His perfection, He sent Jesus to come to us! Even though we deserved the death penalty for our sin, Jesus took the penalty. God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to be born of a virgin, live a perfect and holy life, die on the cross, rise from the dead, and conquer our sins. We can be saved by grace through faith in Him! We can depend on Jesus for forgiveness and to give us everlasting life, to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. And to also have a relationship with Him here on Earth.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ [Jesus] died for us.” Romans 5:8
“Christ died for our sins… He was buried…He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:3–4
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9