The Gospel/ The Cross of Jesus Christ
The Gospel is the message that Jesus died on the cross for our sins as a visible act of love for us, which we did nothing to deserve, so that we could have an eternal relationship with Him. Translated from the Greek word, εὐαγγέλιον (euaggelion), “The Gospel” literally means God’s Good News. The Good News is that despite our sin and shortcomings, it is by the power of God we are saved. In the Bible we see it presented as the agent of our salvation: that Jesus died, was buried, and rose on the third day, according to the Old Testament scriptures, that we might have a close and genuine relationship with our Creator. Over and over the Bible makes it clear that by the death of Jesus we are motivated to live for Him through love and are justified before God by faith. This is the Gospel.
The concept of the Cross, the culmination of Jesus’ life on earth, is intrinsically woven into the act of the Gospel. It's on the Cross that Jesus gave His life as the ultimate sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. With the symbol of the cross everywhere in our society, it's easy to forget the actuality of it. The reality of the Cross is something we want to consider and live in awareness of. Crucifixion is one of the most barbarous forms of killing ever invented--an emotionally, and physically brutal event in Christ's life. It serves as a demonstration of just how far Jesus is willing to go for us.
1 Corinthians 15:1-8: 1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
Mark 10:45: “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Romans 5:8: God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23: The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:32: He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
2 Corinthians 5:21: For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 8:9: You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
1 Timothy 1:15: The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
1 John 4:10: In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Revelation 5:9: “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation . . .”
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