“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,”
I Corinthians 15:1-4 NKJV
Life often comes down to a defining moment. For me, that moment was Easter Sunday, 1998. On that day my life was split in two, the God/Man Jesus Christ, who split time rescued me from a past devoted to sin and self, and gave me a future destined for Heaven. I prayed a prayer of repentance, as seeking forgiveness for a lifetime of sin. I needed Jesus. In a very real sense, I was at the end of my rope. I was walking in the valley, and all hope was fading. Then I heard the Good News, the Gospel.
That simple message of someone dying to pay the sin debt that I owed, moved my heart. I had heard the message many times, but that morning it cracked through the hardness of my heart, and broke me wide open. That message has reverberated in every aspect of my life and it’s power is being magnified as I grow in the faith.
The Gospel is the only message that can change the world. It is the ultimate revolution, as it transforms the human heart. The more hearts are won, it inevitably changes the society. To make change we must be out telling the world about the Savior of the world.
It all starts with sharing of the testimony. Hearing what God has done in the life of someone reclaimed from sin is tremendously powerful. I know that it gave me hope. As I have moved through this journey of faith, I have met so many people who are made new. Some of them have stories that are truly amazing, rife with the most vile sin, yet redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
Believers, draw close to the Lord today. Remember that defining moment when you said yes to God, and were forgiven of your sins. We are living in a time when our world is going berserk and virtually anything is possible. I read this morning of a man going into a laundromat and attacking women with a hand saw. When the police captured him, the bystanders started accusing the police of racism. Our world is upside down and inside out.
The Gospel is the only answer. The people of the world need to know Jesus died on the cross, was buried and rose again. They need to know that He did that to pay a debt He did it owe, for us who owed a debt we can not pay.
He became justice.
We deserve nothing short of hell.
I urge you to preach the Gospel today. Pray for an opportunity to share the story of God’s Grace in your life. If you have never done this, begin to ask God to remind you of what life was like before. I still remember the bondage that was my life before Jesus. It allows me to have empathy for those still trapped in the slow, spiraling death, filled with guilt and shame and having no hope.
Come, ye sinners, poor and needy
Weak and wounded, sick and sore
Jesus ready, stands to save you
Full of pity, love and power…