“All this I (Jesus) have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” – John 14: 26
No matter how long we listen to personal stories of life change and regularly attend church – the Gospel of Jesus Christ eventually requires a personal, individual response.
What is the Gospel? It means the “good news” and it is the central message of the Scriptures. It’s the story of Jesus. The Gospel is that Christ, the Son of God, died for our sins on the cross. He rose from the dead to conquer sin and death and to give us eternal life. Jesus came to offer us a relationship with Him, no matter our past sins and failures. That is the Gospel. And the Gospel ALWAYS calls for a response.
What should your response be? It means recognizing your sins and short comings in comparison to Christ. It’s acknowledging your need for a Savior. It means responding in repentant faith by recognizing that Christ is the only way to be saved from the penalty of your sin, which is death. It means believing that when Christ rose from the dead, He conquered sin and death and offers eternal life.
If you have never responded to the Gospel, you can today. It begins with repentant faith and complete surrender – by giving your life totally into Christ’s hands. It means choosing to follow Him. How do we follow Christ? That’s where the Scriptures come into play. The written Word of God is our guide to believing in and following Christ. It’s the timeless message of redemption, forgiveness and love – it’s the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So have you responded in faith? Are you ready to respond today?