The gospel is God’s good news. Jesus died for our sins so we can have peace with God and know we have eternal life.
Scripture is clear about man’s sinfulness: “All we like sheep have gone astray” (Isaiah 53:6); “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Yes, some people sin more than others. But the fact remains – all have sinned.
Our sin ought to bother us because the Bible teaches that sin has grave consequences: “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). According to the Bible, this death is not limited to our physical bodies, but the death of our souls – eternal separation from God (Luke 13:27).
If you read to this point, you probably sense your need. Christians often talk about sin, but not for sin’s sake. We want to tell people about God’s remedy for our sin – the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is God’s good news of salvation Jesus Christ.
God sent His Son, Jesus, to live a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15) and to take our punishment by sacrificing Himself on the cross for our sins (1 Peter 2:24). Three days after Jesus died on the cross, He rose from the grave thus triumphing over sin and death on our behalf (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Jesus is offering His sacrifice as a free gift. If we repent from our sins and accept His sacrifice by faith, we will be saved (Romans 10:13). Those who believe Christ’s gospel are not only saved from their sins, but can know that they have eternal life (1 John 5:13).
When Christians talk of being saved, this is what they mean – they accepted Jesus Christ’s sacrifice to save them from sin’s consequences and to restore their relationship with God.