I think you might be missing half the Gospel.
Maybe you’re not – but I was, for a long time. I thought this was the Gospel: Jesus died to save me from my sins and now I will go to Heaven when I die. Woo-hoo, The End.
I stumbled around in life, because that version of the Gospel is woefully lacking. It’s not untrue, it’s just not the whole story. Not the Whole Gospel.
Let’s try to get the big picture:
I am broken
God walked the Earth as a man/God
He surrendered himself (which I could never do)
And died (which he didn’t deserve)
And broke the bonds of death (because he was God)
By rising from the dead.
In doing this, he took my shame and guilt upon himself
And killed it dead.
He loved me always
He fixed my brokenness
He healed my sickly heart
Restored me to right relationship with God.
(here it comes, that other half)
I could know God
And live in the reality of the Kingdom of God.
Wiping away every tear
Binding up the broken-hearted
And proclaiming liberty to the captives.
Not tolerating injustice
Not living for comfort
But living for the Kingdom.
So if you, like me, have been believing half a Gospel: welcome. Welcome to the Kingdom.