Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Price check... on the Gospel.
What is the price of the Gospel?
This fact you cannot escape. The death of Jesus Christ brought to fruition the Gospel, God's promise of salvation through the forgiveness of sins.
Furthermore, when you deal with the Gospel, you always deal with death. This appears at odds with what we normally hear about the Gospel. But we often hear only one side of how the Gospel works. We hear about how the gospel gives life. We hear about the wonderful promises of God given to his people. This is of course all true and all very comforting.
However, again, the Gospel deals with death. Everything surrounding the Gospel is chock full of death. The Gospel comes to give life to those who were dead in their trespasses. The Gospel is persecuted and covered with the blood of martyrs of all ages. And again, this life giving Gospel was won for us by the death of Jesus Christ.
Hearing and proclaiming the Gospel is a deadly business, and it has been so from the very beginning. But of this you can be certain, life through the Gospel will always win out. Martin Luther's Easter hymn says it best:
It was a strange and dreadful strife
When Life and Death contended;
The victory remained with Life,
The reign of Death was ended;
Holy Scripture plainly saith
That Death is swallowed up by Death,
His sting is lost forever.