The Radical Gospel
One of the assignments I have to do for my New Testament class is to write a journal entry for every chapter of the New Testament. It’s tough and I haven’t done as much as I should, but I have learned something I already knew but fell in love with some more: the Gospel is radical.
The Gospel is so incredible.
In the four Gospels, we see lives being changed through various situations. Jesus forgives prostitutes, eats with tax collectors, and heals lepers. No one in their right mind would do that. No one wants to be known for hanging out with outcasts. Jesus didn’t care. Here He is, just chilling with the despised while others looked down upon Him.
We don’t do that. When people despise others, we stray away from the despised,
We don’t want to get dirty.
With that mentality, I think we miss the whole point of the Gospel.
The Gospel is for the broken, the sinners, and the sick.
The Gospel is for the despised.
“And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples,’Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them,’Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.'” (Mark 2:15-18)
That’s what I love about the Gospel. It’s not for the perfect, because no one is perfect. It’s for the broken, because we are all broken. We were all bound to our sin, but Christ came and rescued us. The Gospel brings a hope to the broken and the sinner, and for that we can say, “Hallelujah.”
So where are the people ready to get messy? Where are the people sitting around a table full of sinners? Where are the people sharing a message of grace, love, and hope?
I pray this is the next generation of Christians.
We can change the world, but it will only be through the radical message of the Gospel.