“Now let me remind you, brothers, of what the Gospel really is … I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.” (1Corinthians 15: 1, 3, 4 LB)
Imagine that your pastor gave everyone in church paper and pen and then asked them to write the answer this question: “What is the Gospel?” How many would write the correct answer to that question? How would you answer that question? We have all been commissioned by our Lord to preach the Gospel in every nation in the world. How can we even begin to do that if we don’t even know what that Gospel is?
In the verses above the Apostle Paul gave us the right answer to that question. The Gospel is two facts about Jesus Christ. Fact number one is the death of Jesus Christ for our sins according to the Scriptures. Fact number two is the resurrection of Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures. The word “Gospel” means “Good News”. What makes these two facts about Jesus Christ good news for you and me?
When we believe the first fact, the result is the forgiveness of all our sins. If you are a sinner and you know it, that is very good news. When we believe that second fact, the result is the good news of a relationship with the risen living Christ. He can and will equip us with everything we need to follow Him.
Will you believe these two Gospel facts about Jesus and have a personal Easter this year?