MEANING OF THE GOSPEL
22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. 24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:22-27
The death of Jesus made all the difference to the world. The cross is one of the most prominently displayed and universal symbols known today. Why does a symbol of death get this kind of attention? The difference between a cross representing hopelessness and hope is Jesus Christ. Men die all the time, yet the effect of Jesus death continues to draw men to God. Hope is born, and a movement begins when Christ is crucified. He accomplished what no other man could.
Jesus on the cross has reconciled man to God. This is the good news of the gospel. Notice where Paul says the message resides: in you. Each man who believes in Jesus is a walking example of the glorious riches of God's revealed mystery. Keep this in mind that you play a crucial role in telling the world about what happened on Easter. Let every conversation be seasoned with God's grace and point others to the hope you have in Jesus.
DO THIS TODAY: Discuss the meaning of the gospel with at least one person.