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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.