The Good News Is Better Than We Imagine

The Gospel

It is not about you and I *                                            

going to heaven when we die.

It is about the risen King 

ruling over everything.

Christians have broken up the gospel and distributed the fragments throughout the Church at large. Some are clinging tightly to the fragment about having a personal relationship with God. Others are clinging just as tightly to this personal fragment, but have wrapped it in careful language drawn from their denominational heritage. Still others have taken this Jesus-in-my-heart fragment in one hand and with the other have picked up the social-justice fragment, calling it “Jesus in my neighbor.”  Liberal Christians have been holding onto this social-justice fragment for a long time; but they seem to have forgotten how justice comes, so their fragment is breaking up into sand. One could go on, but you get the idea.

Why can’t we take hold of the whole gospel? The answer is a long, sad tale of being seduced by the Spirit of the Age rather than listening carefully to the Spirit of the Living God. The inspired Scriptures tell us that Jesus Christ came to be a King who would rule over the universe. This rule would be focused on delivering man from sin and misery, and restoring a ruined Creation to glory.

It seems that Christians are so often satisfied with pieces of the gospel. Given the bigness of the gospel and the smallness of our minds, that is somewhat to be expected. But it cannot be tolerated. The Creator is not about to save a few souls and let the Devil have the rest of mankind, with the cosmos to boot. Jesus Christ has been given all authority in heaven and earth. He has told us to make disciples of all nations…Nations! This means that our Lord, who rules over all things at the right hand of the father, is extending his rule over the whole earth, teaching the nations to love and serve him. Isaiah the prophet tells us that one day the nations will flow to the house of the LORD and walk in his ways. (Isaiah 2:1-5) God will renew the universe and put his redeemed people on a new earth to live there forever.

So let’s no longer pick up pieces of the gospel. Let’s take the whole thing! Surely it is this whole gospel that is truly good news for us and worth announcing to our neighbors.

~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~    ~   ~    ~   ~   ~   ~     * Of course, this first-person pronoun is supposed to be in the objective case; but it’s the only way I could make my little poem rhyme.

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