This past weekend we watched the video at the Woodside services where three compelling stories were told of people coming to Christ. Throughout the video Billy Graham shared the gospel the way he has done for many decades. My wife and I talked about it on the way home, rejoicing over the simple message that changed our lives when we were children. We were so thankful that many heard the gospel again and responded positively to the invitation of Jesus. Their eternity changed.
The message that was preached is called the Gospel or the Good News. Its simplicity is often a barrier to people who want to make it more difficult or want to contribute something to their own salvation. The Bible says that it is all by grace through faith. If we could work for it, we could boast about it. We bring nothing and God accepts us just the way we are.
The gospel addresses man’s greatest need. The Lord created man to walk with him and to enjoy an incredibly beautiful world. That did not last long before our forefather Adam sinned against God. As a result, we were born in sin according to Romans 5:12: “Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin, so sin passed onto all men, for all have sinned.” All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The wages of sin is eternal separation from God in a place of torment.
God loved us so much that he sent his son Jesus to come from heaven to earth in order to die in our place (John 3:16, Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus paid the penalty for our sin by his death on the cross. He died that we might live. Through his death the gift of eternal life is available to all who believe. The Scriptures challenge us to repent or turn from our sins and believe in Jesus for our salvation. “Whoever calls on the name of The Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
This is an old story that should not be changed by any new generation or culture. There is no other way. There is no other name that brings salvation except the name of Jesus.
If you know Jesus, rejoice in the life you have in him and share it with others. If you do not know him yet, why not today?