It is important not to mistake the gospel for anything. This, at the same time means we should also not misunderstand the gospel’s importance for anything else.
The very early morning of the first day of the week, the bible tells us, women prepared spices and set out for the tomb only to find the stone rolled away from the tomb. They ran right inside to see what happened. These are the women talked about in Luke 24.
What is astonishing is what the angels asked them: ”Why seek ye the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:5).
This happens even to this day. So many people are looking for what God can give in dead stuff.
If our problem was political,
God would have sent a politician.
If our problem was medical,
God would have sent a doctor.
If our problem was emotional,
God would have sent a psychologist.
If our problem was motivational,
God would have sent a life coach.
But because our problem is sin,
God sent a savior.
A savior in the person of Jesus Christ was sent so that those who believe in Him will find rest. Jesus through the gospel announces that “it is finished!” (John 19:30).
We have been conditioned to believe that the solution to our problem is within. If we get a life coach, a motivational book, money. Stuff like that. But this is a dead end. That is looking for a solution in the wrong place to cure a wrong problem.
Our problem is sin. That is our root problem. And the solution is not within us. The ‘try harder’, ‘do more’, ‘never give up on your dreams’ sermons will not help cure our problem, and neither will the motivational speeches, and the ‘expert advice’.
The cure is the gospel. The gospel is the only antidote to sin. As Paul puts it, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 KJV).
Jesus didn’t just die for our sins; he dies for our burdens as well. We are now free to be ourselves, love our neighbor unconditionally, fail, celebrate others, and give without expecting anything in return, because someone in the person of Jesus Christ paid the price for our fakeness, hate, selfishness, jealousy when he died on the cross.
What the church needs is the grace, uncompromised, radical, undomesticated, and scandalous grace. It is more than enough to cover the darkest of our sins and it is the only thing that will set us free.