important not to mistake the gospel for anything. This, at the same time means
we should also not misunderstand the gospel’s importance for anything else.
very early morning of the first day of the week, the bible tells us, women
prepared spices and set out for the tomb only to find the stone rolled away
from the tomb. They ran right inside to see what happened. These are the women
talked about in Luke 24.
is astonishing is what the angels asked them: ”Why seek ye the living among the
dead?” (Luke 24:5).
happens even to this day. So many people are looking for what God can give in
If our problem was political,
God would have sent a politician.
If our problem was medical,
God would have sent a doctor.
If our problem was emotional,
God would have sent a psychologist.
If our problem was motivational,
God would have sent a life coach.
our problem is sin,
sent a savior.
in the person of Jesus Christ was sent so that those who believe in Him will
find rest. Jesus through the gospel announces that “it is finished!” (John 19:30).
been conditioned to believe that the solution to our problem is within. If we
get a life coach, a motivational book, money. Stuff like that. But this is a
dead end. That is looking for a solution in the wrong place to cure a wrong
problem is sin. That is our root problem. And the solution is not within us. The
‘try harder’, ‘do more’, ‘never give up on your dreams’ sermons will not help
cure our problem, and neither will the motivational speeches, and the ‘expert
cure is the gospel. The gospel is the only antidote to sin. As Paul puts it, “But
God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us.” (Romans 5:8 KJV).
didn’t just die for our sins; he dies for our burdens as well. We are now free
to be ourselves, love our neighbor unconditionally, fail, celebrate others, and
give without expecting anything in return, because someone in the person of Jesus
Christ paid the price for our fakeness, hate, selfishness, jealousy when he
died on the cross.
the church needs is the grace, uncompromised, radical, undomesticated, and
scandalous grace. It is more than enough to cover the darkest of our sins and
it is the only thing that will set us free.