Friday, November 13, 2009

The Joy of the Gospel

This morning is especially sweet for me. After a very busy week in which I did not feel the greatest I have the privilege of teaching in Grace School Chapel. Nothing better than preaching on the gospel! The school theme this year is Jesus as the light of the world. John 8:12, I am the Light of the world;. So, I ran with the theme and centered in on this verse to teach on the gospel. I love the purity of the gospel. Its simple yet profound and life-chaning truth. In my message this morning, I used the illustration of the sun to communicate three simple truths of the gospel. First, Jesus heals us from sin because He exposes our sin. Jesus, being God, was perfectly holy. When we encounter Jesus in the gospel and in the Scripture our sin is exposed. Disease cannot be healed unless it is exposed. Second, Jesus heals us from sin because He offers us forgiveness through His own shed blood on the cross of calvary. Only His blood paid for the eternal debt of sin, an dwe can receive this forgiveness by repenting of sin and believing upon His redeeming work. Third, Jesus lights our path as a believer. We have His law and His example recorded in the Scripture to light our walk as believers. Christ Himself, the cross and the Word of God all then become "light" in the gospel and for the believer.


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