The Gospel for Today

July 5, 2016

The Gospel of Jesus is good.

 

It's enormously good. God comes to Earth in love to save His sinful people by dying in their place to keep them forever. The Gospel transfers me from eternally condemned to eternally saved!

 

The Gospel is enormously good for eternity. But I am learning that it's also good for every minute of today. 

 

Today, my kids will argue or pinch each other or throw a fit in a public place. The Gospel reminds me that God's patient mercy extends to even me, an unruly child of wrath (Ephesians 2:3).

 

Today, I will be self-sufficient. I'll applaud myself and think I'm mostly great at everything. The Gospel utterly humbles me, reminding me that I am always failing apart from the unmerited love of Jesus.

 

Today, something unexpected or terrible or scary will happen in my world. The Gospel reassures me that Jesus  — who has defeated death itself — holds all things together (Colossians 1:17). And He will make all things new.

 

Today, I'll choose sin. Again. The Gospel directs me to Perfect Jesus, who on the cross offered to exchange His righteousness for my sinfulness. The Gospel frees me from sin and leads me again and again to a Good Father who has better ways.

 

Today, I will be exhausted. The Gospel gives me Jesus, who is both my Rest (Matthew 11:28-30) and my Strength (Ephesians 6:10).

 

I’m missing everything when I think I only needed the Gospel on the day Jesus saved me. He is all I need today too! His Story will be enough for every minute of this day. And tomorrow too.

 

Yes, the Gospel really is that good.

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