By Ron Hutchcraft
“Christ died for our sins…” (1 Corinthians 15:3) The Gospel is a message about Christ, about sin,about Christ’s death, about Christ’s resurrection.It starts with the bad news that my sin is so bad that it took dying to pay for it ‐ the death of God’s one and only Son.
In a world that thinks sin is no big deal, you need to look at Jesus, butchered on a cross, to see how horrific sin really is. It took that cosmic sacrifice to deal with the enormity of my sin. Yes, my sin is that bad. Sin is every selfish or angry thing I ever did. Sin is every word I’ve ever spoken that has hurt people, including the people I love. Sin is every dirty thought I have ever thought, every dirty thing I have ever done, every proud moment I have ever had.
I am one little blob of protoplasm on this one little planet among 100 billion galaxies. And I have dared to say to God, “I know everything obeys You, God. The universe obeys You, the planets obey You, nature obeys You, demons obey You. But I will do what I want.” I shake my puny little fist from this tennis ball in the universe and say, “You will not be God. I will, thank You.”
How dare I?
Every human being has elevated himself above his Creator. I may be very religious, but I still think I am the boss. My sin is that bad. To understand the good news, you have to have the bad news. The reason the good news is so good is because the bad news is so bad. I am in unspeakable trouble with the Sovereign of the universe because I have dared to hijack my life from the God who gave me my life. Anything that purports to be the Gospel that ignores or minimizes the fatal problem of human sin is no Gospel at all.
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Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights