In this episode Saso and Ben talk about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Below are some notes and thoughts directly derived from this episode. Enjoy!
The Gospel of Jesus is a story that never get’s old. In fact it’s something we ought to ponder and meditate on everyday.
A good or joyful message, or simply put, it means good news1828 Websters Dictionary
Simply put, it means good news. Good news seems like any oxymoron because most mainstream media reports are negative stories or bad news or even fake news, in order to draw interest and improve ratings. In other words the mainstream media isn’t really interested in truth, but more about how they can keep their viewers hooked on their stories. Our recommendation for you is to turn off the TV all together. The great thing is we have this wonderful book called the Bible, full of truth. The gospel of Jesus Christ is truly good news!
The history of the birth, life, actions, death, resurrection, ascension and doctrines of Jesus Christ; or a revelation of the grace of God to fallen man through a mediator, including the character, actions, and doctrines of Christ,
The history of the birth, life, actions, death, resurrection, ascension and doctrines of Jesus Christ; or a revelation of the grace of God to fallen man through a mediator, including the character, actions, and doctrines of Christ,1828 Websters Dictionary
- Romans 1:1 – It is called the gospel of God
- Romans 1:16 – It is called the gospel of Christ
- Ephesians 1:13 – It is called the gospel of salvation
Who was Jesus?
There is no was, Jesus is very much alive! You can find glimpses of Jesus throughout the old testament. In fact Isaiah prophesied about Jesus.
The announcement of Jesus came to Mary unbeknownst to her by an angel. This was a big deal because she was pregnant while betrothed to Joseph. In those days betrothal was like an engagement, but much more serious. When Mary found out she was pregnant and had not been with a man, it caused her great concern. When Joseph caught wind of this, he was likely angry. In those days, Joseph would’ve had every right to have Mary stoned to death for infidelity. However, he was not intending to go that far, he was going to basically divorce her. But God sent an angel to Joseph to testify of Jesus
Luke 2:1-7 – Jesus birth
The Son of God
When Jesus asked the question to His disciples, who do people say that I am, their response was John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah. Then Jesus asked the disciples, who do you say that I am. Then Simon Peter spoke up.
Matthew 16:16-17 – Peter’s response
Matthew 3:17 – When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan by John, God the Father testified who Jesus was.
Matthew 4:5 – Satan recognized Jesus as the Son of God as he was tempting Jesus
Matthew 8:29 – Demons recognized Jesus as Son of the Most High
Why did Jesus have to die?
Sin requires death.
Genesis 2:15-17 – Spiritual death and separation from God
But Adam and Eve didn’t die when they consumed the fruit and committed sin. The death they experienced was spiritual death, a separation from God. This death had a ripple effect on all of mankind. Since Adam and Eve were now tainted with sin, every child born from then on would also be tainted with sin. And although they didn’t physically die in that moment, the process of physical death was set in motion. That’s why we are born sinners and from day one, and our bodies are physically declining until point of death.
Romans 6:23 – Consequences of sin
Revelation 21:8 – Second death
The second death in Revelation speaks of the fiery lake for those who have rejected Jesus. You may not like hearing about hell, and brimstone and fire, but we need to know consequences of rejecting Jesus, because we are literally talking about spending eternity somewhere, either in heaven or hell.
In fact, Jesus death was prophesied in Isaiah and we read about what pinned Jesus to the cross.
Jesus took on the punishment that we deserve because of our sin. God requires a blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin. Jesus was the sacrifice, the pure, righteous and holy one. He was sinless. But it was Jesus and only Jesus that could atone for our sin by the shedding of his blood.
How did Jesus die?
The gospels give an account of the crucifixion which were aligned to what had happened with a different perspective.
- Matthew 27:35-38 (Teacher)
- Mark 15:25-28 (Servant)
- Luke 23:33-38 (Historian)
- John 19:18-24 (Theologian)
The crucifixion looked like defeat for the Christians at that time.
However, it was the wonderful sacrifice of almighty God to cure us of our spiritual condition.
- Romans 3:12
- Romans 3:23
Jesus was that perfect type of sacrifice.
- Matthew 27: 59-61
- Mark 15:46-47
- Luke 23:53
- John 19:31-38
He was not playing dead or swooning as the claims that were made.
John 19:34 – Spear in the side
It is important to know that he was dead and buried.
- Matthew 28:1-7
- Mark 16:9-11
- Luke 24:1-2
- John 20:7-9
- I Corinthians 15:4
He was seen alive by many!
False religions cannot claim a risen Savior!
Why is all this important?
Life is empty without it!
What is there to pursue with out the gospel of Jesus Christ? What ambitions? What goals? Life has no true purpose without the gospel.
Life does not start until you are saved.
II Corinthians 5:17
Ravi Zacharias gave four things the gospel addresses:
1) The origin of life (Where did I come from)
2) The meaning of life
- Ecclesiastes 12:13
- Luke 12:15
- Luke 10:27
- Luke 22:41-42
- Romans 12:2
- I Corinthians 15:9
3) Morality (What is right)
- Psalm 119: 9-16
- Proverbs 6:23
- Proverbs 1:1-2, 15
- Proverbs 8
- Proverbs 9
4) Destiny (Where will I go when I die)
I John 5:13
I John 2:25
The gospel addresses these topics through the truth of God’s Word. The gospel is the bridge between our sin and a holy God. The gospel is a finished work.
Acts 4:12 – There is no other gospel
John 14:6 – He is the way!
I Timothy 2:5 – There is one God
Luke 24:46-48 – Parting words from a risen Savior
The gospel is the full payment of our sins, our sins were atoned by Jesus because He died for us, the payment satisfied the debt, and the sacrifice pleased the Father.
What will you do with the gospel?
Will you almost be persuaded?
Will you receive Jesus Christ as your Savior?
Will you believe in the death, burial and resurrection of the spotless lamb?
Will you put your faith in Jesus Christ today?
Would you like to receive Jesus as your savior today?
If so, what does this look like?
There is no magic formula there is no special ceremony, there is no special prayer. If this is something you’d like to do, here is a basic prayer you can pray right now to receive the gift of salvation. Remember, there is nothing special about this prayer, prayer is just talking to God.
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Please reach out to us if you have questions or would like to do a Bible study. It’s imperative to know that you can be 100 percent sure you are going to heaven. Don’t wait for that “convenient time” but remember the words found in II Corinthians 6:2. Today is the day of salvation!