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The Gospel Is . . . 3: The Gospel Is Beautiful

The Gospel Is . . . Day 3 – The Gospel Is Beautiful

“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!’” (Romans 10:14-15, ESV)

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful love story. Whether in a book or on the screen, a captivating storyline includes love, heartache, reconnection and then restoration. It makes you want to break out in a cheer when the couple finally reunites after a period of heartache and separation. It’s a sure recipe for success as far as Hollywood or fiction goes, and maybe that’s because it resonates with us in the deepest longings of our own souls.

The gospel includes all the necessary components for a moving story: 

Love: Yes! God so loved the world that He sent His Son . . . (John 3:16)

Heartache/Brokenness: In the fall of mankind in the Garden our perfect unity with the LORD was broken by sin. We inherited this brokenness as it passed onto every human from that point forward.

Reconnection: Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and He went to the cross and took our sin upon Himself, paying our ransom through His shed blood. His arms are open to any who will come. 

Restoration: We have been given the invitation to come, and when we obediently come to Him on His terms, we are restored from the brokenness of our sin and are given eternal life and a home in Heaven. 

Where do you fall into this beautiful and compelling story? We are all loved by God, no matter what we’ve done or become. We’ve all been born into brokenness, and we continue in the sinful patterns of those who’ve gone before us. This brokenness has created a deep need within us—and a desire for this need to be filled. We may fill it with friends, romantic love, drinking or drugs, hobbies, pursuit of success in our careers or sports interests, materialism, and many other areas, but they will never satisfy that need within us. The only lasting answer to our need is Christ. In Him alone will we feel fully and completely satisfied. His rest and peace are promised to us, even beyond the grave, and they give us hope when life’s pressures become seemingly unbearable. 

If you’re a sucker for love stories, I encourage you to pick up the Bible and begin in Genesis; you won’t have to read long before you will see God’s great love for us. When Adam and Eve fell into sin and their eyes were opened to their nakedness, they tried to cover themselves with flimsy fig leaves, but then God provided a covering for them—He clothed them with the skins of animals. This covering required the shedding of an innocent animal’s blood, but it met their need. 

Fast forward to the New Testament Gospels, and you’ll find that once again, blood needed to be shed to cover mankind’s sin. This time, it was Jesus’ blood! He became the sacrifice required to cover our sin, and by giving His life, He rescued ours. This is the most beautiful story ever told; and when this story becomes our story, we are safe forever in the shelter of Christ.

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