What is the Gospel of Easter?

“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?

2 Responses to What is the Gospel of Easter?

  1. Rob Smith says:

    Joyous Easter to you and Ginnie, Dick

    Thanks for point us to the Gospel so faithfully (both parts one and two as you described).

    Rob Smith

  2. Mark S. says:

    How much grace is contained within the idea that “He can and will equip us with everything we need to follow Him”? My goodness, if He is equipping me with everything I need to follow Him, I’m not doing a very good job of utilizing it. But then again, what is my standard or expectation of my capabilities at “following”? Thinking of your later post about the Publican, perhaps that is the norm. “Following Him” doesn’t mean (at least in *my* reality) following Him perfectly, faithfully, or even very well… I stumble, I forget, I do the things I know I should not. Guilt, pain, sorrow, but there I go, doing those things over again. I cry out for help when there is need, then, as the crisis passes, I forget to thank Him for sustaining me and I find time for Him once everything else is done. I guess He equips me to following him, in spite of everything I am. How is it possible for me to say I love Him and believe Him and want to please Him, and yet do such a poor job of seeking Him? It’s not that I *want* to be that way – it just seems to be so. So by *my* standards of following, I don’t do a very good job – I do a lousy job. Were it up to me, I would flunk me! But, thankfully, it’s not my standards that matter. He *has* given me what I need to follow Him… and more grace than I deserve that allows me to stumble, and forget, and ignore … and be like the Publican in the temple who can’t even look up, for he sees all too clearly how unworthy he is. And there is the grace, because the beautiful part is that *He knows* what my following will be like. I have to surrender my standard.

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