“The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2 (NKJV).
This is how the Gospel story begins.
As we explore the creation journey in Genesis, we come to meet a glorious King. From His mouth spring words of life and meaning. He builds His Kingdom and displays His handiwork with each element added.
Adam and Eve, human beings designed in the very image of God, walked in fellowship with their King. The world was flawless and beautiful; a kingdom filled with perfect harmony.
Yet, this kingdom was not enough for Adam and Eve.
Wanting to be like God, to know both good and evil, they rebelled against their King and disobeyed His orders. Sin found its way into all aspects of life. Sickness, death, sorrow, and evil became normal. Even God’s chosen people, the people of Israel, found their was into rebellion against the Lord. All hope seemed lost.
Nevertheless, the plan of redemption was well underway.
As mankind reveled in rebellion, Jesus Christ entered the world of humanity. Zach Lee points out in his video titled, “How to Share the Gospel Story”, Jesus “lived the life that we should have lived; keeping all God’s commands perfectly, which we have failed to do.”
Not only did Jesus live a sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21), but He also took the punishment that we deserve. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But He was wounded for our transgressions…by His stripes we are healed.” (NKJV).
Through the death and resurrection of Christ, God’s people, selfish human beings, are now freed from the bondage of sin and death.
All those who believe on His name and repent of their sin will be saved.
As the day of Christ’s return approaches, we can rest in hope that God’s beautiful kingdom will be restored and we will “dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6).
This is the good news of Christ! This is the Gospel.