The Gospel Story is accepting Christ into your Life.

 

Man’s history begins in a garden, a perfect garden.  Adam and Eve were God’s culmination of a divine romance; beings made in the image and likeness of God, perfect, designed to live forever and to have the most intimate communion with their maker. Because man was created in the image of God, he gave mankind free will, the ability to choose right and wrong.  All other parts of God’s creation; animals, angels, and every other created thing did not possess this ability. Because having choice means having something to choose, God placed a tree in the Garden and gave Adam one command: Don’t eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

 

Theologians theorize there are a few different reasons as to why Adam and Eve chose the only sin they could commit; some say it was Satan’s temptation, some go into other reasoning, but regardless the reason; Adam and Eve disobeyed God. That tendency to sin was passed down to us; given a choice of the holy commands of God, we often choose wrong, built into our DNA because of Adam. Society teaches us to forget and ignore minor sin, but it isn’t so simple in God’s world, because God is holy and pure. He doesn’t sin and cannot tolerate sin. The Bible clearly teaches that the soul that sins cannot approach God because God is holy. Adam and Eve were ejected from God’s presence. They were removed from the Garden. God placed a curse on them, since they had chosen to know good and evil and become like gods. Adams children inherited the same condition; hence the whole world is under God’s curse, were it not that God is love and he made a way to reconcile us.

 

God couldn’t overlook sin. He is a God of laws. Notice the created world around you. If any universal physical law were not constant, the world would not exist. If gravity wasn’t exact, foolproof and dependable we’d be living in a world that would self-destruct instantly. So, God is. The law of God says “sin equals death; if one law is broken; all are broken” But the gospel is about the love of God. God’s solution to sin was sending a substitute. One man, Jesus Christ, was born of a virgin, his father was God. He came as the only sinless human, God’s son, so that he could be a substitute for the world’s sin. He died a death on a cross and, because he was without sin, God raised him up from the dead, the curse of sin on humanity finally broken.

 

Jesus introduced new concepts to the world like ‘love your enemies.’ Primarily teaching men to love, his gospel says that if we receive his sacrifice by faith, by believing that Jesus has come into your heart and then profess it, meaning act on that faith, we will become his followers. Of course, that’s not a one-time operation, it’s a daily walk, but one where the emptiness, the curse, the sin is lifted out of our lives. Like Jesus, our inner selves are raised from the dead.

 

Your reaction to the Gospel can be summed up in a simple prayer and commitment to receive what Jesus has done in your life. Pray with me… “Jesus, I understand that you came to redeem me from the wrong I’ve done in my life. I accept your work on the cross and accept your sacrifice. I ask you to place the Holy Spirit inside my heart and cleanse me of my sin.” There’s one step more to start living this life; tell others that you’ve received Jesus and you are making him Lord of your life.

 

Rom 10:9-13 “… if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  10 For with your heart you believe and are justified, and with your mouth you confess and are saved.  11 It is just as the Scripture says: “Anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame.”  12 For there is no difference between Jew and Greek: The same Lord is Lord of all, and gives richly to all who call on Him,  13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”