WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
The Gospel is literally 'the good news'of Jesus Christ, who was the living embodiment of God, who died for our sins, rose from the dead, and ascended to heaven where he is seated at the right hand of God the father.
We've put together a quick two-step guide to the basic Gospel of Christ below.
ONE: The Original Sin
Man and woman were made by God and were both placed in the Garden of Eden. During their time in the Garden of Eden, tempted by a Serpent, both Adam and Eve ate fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil - something that God had explicitly forbidden. Because of this, Adam, Eve, and the rest of humanity that followed came to understand the difference between right and wrong.
Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden, with the promise that as we were made from dust, to dust we eventually would return.
Adam and Eve's actions led to the sinful nature of humans that we can see in the world today. Before Christ, the only way to redeem ourselves was to live according to the Laws that God gave to Moses, who came many generations after Adam and Eve. The problem with the Laws was that they were so hard to fulfill, and because we weren't able to live by the Laws, we weren't able to have a holy relationship with our God - or even join him in heaven following our time on Earth.
God saw the trouble that mankind was having, and saw how we were unable to fulfill all of his Laws. Seeing our struggle, and desiring himself that we would have a relationship with him, God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to save us.
Jesus became the answer to all our imperfections. He lived the perfect life, completely sinless and completely holy. He was crucified by man, and died upon the cross in order to sacrifice himself for the sins of mankind.
Through one man, Adam, we were all cursed - but through one man, Jesus, we were set free.
By sacrificing one holy man, mankind were cleansed of all sin and unholiness. Jesus' unfair death paid the ransom for our deserved eternity in darkness, allowing us to pursue and engage in a relationship with God.
Jesus taught and promised us that through him, we could have eternal life with him and our heavenly Father - as long as we recognise our sin, and believe in Jesus Christ, our saviour. It is this promise that brings an unearthly and everlasting joy to believers: the good news that our salvation is secured by the King of all Kings, Jesus Christ.