Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Gospel is the Antidote to Everything

Once there were two brothers. You know their story, more than likely. One was wasteful, exploitative, wanton, licentious. One was rigid, moralistic, uptight, legalistic. Two brothers with two personalities and two sets of attendant sins. But their father loved them both and all that he had belonged to both of them equally.

This is how staggeringly awesome the gospel of Jesus is.

Two sisters. One is a busybody, the other kinda poky. One rarely Sabbaths; the other makes every day a Sabbath. The prescription for both is focus on Jesus.

Two Americans. One is a practicing homosexual and proud of it. The other is a practicing Baptist and proud of it. One trusts his feelings, the other trusts his actions. Both are in desperate need of Jesus for pretty much the same reason.

This is how wonderful the gospel of Jesus is. It's the skeleton key for all of humanity.

Medicine doesn't work this way. You don't treat spina bifida with drugs for leukemia. (At least, I don't think you do.) You don't give a decongestant to a kid with athlete's foot. For every condition, there is a specific treatment. Different symptoms, different fixes.

But the gospel isn't like that. It fixes everything.

We all exhibit a multitude of symptoms for our conditions, running the gamut from self-indulgent immorality to self-satisfying morality. Opposite ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between. Whatever your symptoms, the gospel is the answer.

There is no problem, pain, or perniciousness outside the universe-spanning scope of the gospel.
The gospel carries with it resurrection power.

So Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female, rich or poor, smart or dumb, well or sick, bad or good . . . the gospel is the power to save for all who believe.

The gospel is the antidote to everything.


Anonymous said...

Amen, Amen, Amen!!

Can you post this everyday:)

Anonymous said...

superb post.

Daniel said...

Can I repost this?

Jared said...

Daniel, of course. You're always welcome to use whatever you'd like, in any way you'd like.

Anonymous said...

Jared, thank you! This is a great gospel word from the Lord!

Anonymous said...

Yes, but what is the "gospel"?

Anonymous said...

My husband recommended you and I like the way you say things. You don't use Chritianese. You use simple story telling like Jesus did. People are looking for reality and truth, not hype or hypocrisy. I believe you will reach more people this way. They will be able to understand you even if they disagree with you.

Unknown said...

One of the best things I've read in a blog so far this yer. Thanks for the words of wisdom!

Jared said...

Good question, James. The gospel is both one and more than that.

I have Christ's finished work of atonement in mind.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 is a good nutshell.