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by Mackenzie Shaver on September 25, 2015
Reactions are an interesting concept to me. When I touch something hot, I instantly let go. When I walk into a cold room I get goose bumps and grab a jacket. When my alarm goes off I get up… well, most of the time. When something happens, we react accordingly.
I remember the first time I heard the Gospel. I was sitting in Sunday school, and this nice lady explained to me what Jesus did for us on the cross and how loving our God is, to send his Son to conquer death on our behalf. When I look back on this time in my life I recognize the fact that I never realized I had something to respond to… I thought the Gospel was a simple fact that ultimately did not apply to me; therefore, I never saw my need to respond to the Gospel. I did not respond to this message the first time, and boy oh boy, how thankful I am that the Lord didn’t stop pursuing me then and there because this simple Gospel is the one and only thing in our lives that merits such a great response.
The Gospel can be translated into the words “good news,” and who would not want to respond to good news? When I hear good news from my parents I get excited, maybe do a happy dance, or give them a big hug. I think people sometimes do not understand why they would respond to the Gospel, or understand how it is good news because they do not see their need for the Gospel.
Remember at camp when we talked about how no one is perfect, how we are broken, and how we all sin. We need a perfect savior in order to be in a right relationship with our heavenly Father, Abba. God loves us so much and desires to be in a right relationship with us. We need a savior to pay the price for our sin so that we can be in this relationship with God. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16). Simple, easy, to the point, so let’s talk about it. Jesus, God’s son, came to earth. He was perfect in every way, crucified on the cross, AND THEN ROSE AGAIN. He took our punishment and conquered death so that we may be able to have eternal life. God gave us grace, which is getting something we do not deserve. Now friends, I don’t know about you, but after someone has died for me, then rose again, it takes me from a hopeless situation to a hopeful situation. I do not even deserve an ounce of His grace… I can’t help but respond.
The Gospel is simple, and when we respond by admitting we have a need for a savior and putting full faith in Jesus we get to then live in freedom, having hope for our future! We get to talk to God through prayer, learning more out our Abba Father through his Word, and we get to go and tell others about the hope that we have.
It says in the Bible that we should then, “Live as people who are free not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” (1 Peter 2:15).
Have a wonderful day and I hope your response gives you great hope and joy.
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