Gather • Devotion #4: Celebrating the Gospel

There are many misconceptions about what people think a Church gathering should be. We will not be addressing any of those right now. Instead, I want to point out one of the greatest opportunities that gathering together as followers of Christ presents to us, one thing on which our gathering together should always be centered. When we gather, we have the opportunity to celebrate the Gospel together. 

The Gospel is what gives us life and hope. The Gospel is what changes and heals broken lives. The Gospel is a gift from a loving God to people who have a need they can never meet on their own. Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” The Gospel is good news for people that are born into some really bad news. Every person is born a sinner, and as a sinner, they are separated from a perfect, holy, and righteous God. As sinful people, we have no hope of having a relationship with a perfect God. However, God in His mercy and grace made a way for us to be forgiven of our sins and declared righteous. He made it possible for the relationship to be restored. In I John 4:14, we read, “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.” John 3:16 adds, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus left perfect Heaven, came to this imperfect world and was born of a virgin. He was completely God and completely man at the same time. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life, yet was executed on a cross, bore God’s wrath, and took the punishment we deserve for our sin. He was buried, and three days later, He rose from the dead, defeating death and sin and giving us hope. We can repent of our sins and call on Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and He will justify us and restore our broken relationship with the Father. Faith in Jesus and His finished work on the cross is the only way to stand right before a holy God. Jesus made it possible! That is the Gospel. When we gather together as believers, we have the privilege of celebrating Jesus and the Gospel. When we gather together, we need to be mindful of what the Lord has done for us and make it a priority to celebrate our amazing God. Psalm 34:1-3 says, “I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!”

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