Having just come through another year of the Together for the Gospel Conference, I am reminded how imperative, glorious, beautiful, true, satisfying, transforming, good, fulfilling, and joyous the Good News of Jesus Christ is. Good news is not something we are hearing much of today. Christian, we have a reality that is different and greater than most of the world. My question to everyone reading this is why do we not make much of this Good News? Why do we not wonder at the Gospel? I want to hit some highlights from the conference this year in a hope that it will be as encouraging to you as it was for me. And not only will we be in awe of it. We will want to share it too!
The first encouragement is that because of faith in the Gospel, we are “in Christ.” Therefore, we should seek things that are above and not the things of this world. In this time when we feel as if we have no control in our lives, we need to think on the awesome, sovereign power of Jesus. Understand that you are a citizen of heaven and that you are a child of God.
Secondly, King Jesus came to suffer for us on the cross. Because of the cross in which Jesus drank the cup of God’s wrath, we are saved from an eternity apart from His love. There is no other political or military leader who can deliver us eternally from God’s judgment. There is no earthly leader who can bring the hope we see in the life, death, burial, and resurrection of our King Jesus.
Our third encouragement comes in the glory displayed in the Gospel. Through the Gospel message, we see more clearly who God is. We are reminded that God never changes. He does not need us, yet over and over again through history, He saves His people. Who are we that God would save us, and not only save us, but use us in His ministry? He created everything out of nothing, yet He cares for the minutest of details in our lives.
In the Gospel, we also see the beauty of the triune God on display. We see God’s love for His creation in full affect. We see Christ actively laying His life down for those in all of history who would believe. Then we see the beauty of freedom from our sin and ourselves. There can be no greater encouraging truth to meditate on today for sinners than that of freedom in Christ.
Finally, the most powerful truth for me expounded by Pastor Kevin DeYoung was the never-failing, never-changing, all-surpassing goodness of God. He reminds us that we see God’s goodness in His creation; in His providence; and, of course, the redemption of His people. Let us wonder at this Good News not only today but every day for all of eternity!
If you have read this far and have never heard the Gospel message, please send me an email at email@example.com. I would love to share more with you of who God is and why, as sinners, we need Him to save us from eternal punishment and to a blessed hope. He is calling all to repent and believe in the person and work of His Son Jesus Christ.
As we approach Easter in the year 2020, I think we would all agree that our day-to-day lives have been turned upside down. No sports; no dining out; no gathering with friends; and most upsetting, no assembling together with believers. We have tried our best to stay connected. Whether it is social media or Zoom meetings, it is just not the same. And yet, while all those things are troubling, I believe the most unsettling thing about this whole situation is the uncertainty of it all. We don’t know when this quarantine will be over, we can’t be sure of just how many people are becoming infected and sick, and most alarming to us all is the fact that many of these situations end in death. Like never before, Americans are being confronted with death in real time. Like a stock market ticker on any news feed in the world, you can find a graphic showing us the mortality rate of COVID-19. Is anyone like me and shutters when that number goes up knowing that that is not a statistic but a mom, dad, sister, or brother?
That being said, we know that for the human condition, the mortality rate is 100%. So today for believers, we hold firm to the living hope of the resurrection. The Lord continues to bring 1 Peter 1:3 to my mind in this time. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
I say to you today with certainty that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is absolutely the best-attested fact in ancient history. We can praise God just as the Psalmist does, “Blessed be the Lord, for He has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.” Our God relates to us as a father, and we should praise Him for that. What a helpful salve for broken hearts in this time of uncertainty and fear. God brought about a new birth through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Our hope is living through the power of this resurrection. God has secured new spiritual life through this resurrection. We now have a renewed relationship with the Almighty God. This side of heaven I don’t think we will understand what that fully means, but God’s Word tells us that it lasts forever, it is without stain, and it will never be diminished. Today let us wonder at our living hope that comes from a living, resurrected Christ!