I attend Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, FL, and this semester I am taking a class called Personal Evangelism. My professor in this class challenged us to write the gospel in 300 words or less. This proved to be a very difficult task. The average attention span of people in the digital age, and especially the millennial generation, is less than 30 seconds.
That means when you try to share the gospel with someone, you will most likely have to do it in 300 words or less. (Side note: I encourage all of you to challenge yourselves to see if you can give a clear gospel presentation in 300 words or less.) In order to create an effective gospel presentation, I focused on the key aspects of the gospel.
The importance of the resurrection
This included God, Mankind, our sin, and Jesus Christ, specifically his death and resurrection. As I studied these aspects of the gospel, my eyes were opened to just how important the resurrection is to the gospel and to our salvation. As we focus our hearts on the resurrection this Easter, I wanted to share with you some of the thoughts the Lord laid on my heart about the resurrection of his Son.
The gospel is the motivation for my walk as a believer in Christ. It provides me with encouragement and the everyday reminder that I am merely a sinner saved by grace who is continually dependent on my Savior’s grace. As I studied the resurrection, I focused on one passage in particular, which was Roman 4:24-5:2.
“…It [Righteousness] shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
These verses reveal several truths about what a wonderful aspect of the gospel the resurrection is. Verse 25 distinguishes between the work of Christ’s death and his resurrection. He died in order to make atonement for our sins.
The Old Testament makes it clear that a sacrifice is necessary for the forgiveness of our sins. By dying, he became the payment for our sins. By his resurrection, he became our justification.
His resurrection demonstrates that his sacrifice satisfied the demands of our righteous God. He was the perfect sacrifice that was offered once and for all on our behalf. This is why he is our justification. He is the reason for our salvation. Because he died and was raised to life, we who have trusted in him can be confident that we are clothed in his righteousness.
Bill MacDonald writes in his commentary: “In the first instance, our offenses were the problem that need to be dealt with. In the second instance, our justification is the result that is assured by Christ’s resurrection…the fact that he rose tells us that the work is finished, the price has been paid, and God is infinitely satisfied with the sin-atoning work of the Savior.”
Standing in grace
The first two verses of Romans 5 reveal the blessings of being justified by faith. Because Christ is our justification, we now have peace with God. We are a part of the family of God, and we now stand in grace. We should not fear judgment, we should not stress over the trials this life brings our way, we should not allow our sins to hold us back because we stand in grace.
The perfect plan of salvation
Every need, every concern, and every sin we commit can be brought before our God who will answer and forgive because of his mercy and grace. All of this is because of the perfect plan of salvation, which was completed by the resurrection of Christ from the dead.
As you reflect on the resurrection we celebrated this Easter, praise the Lord for how wonderful our salvation truly is, and thank him for all the blessings we have because we serve a risen savior.