Disclaimer: it absolutely does NOT, in case you were wondering.
Don’t you just love autocorrect? It’s definitely a love/hate relationship for me, especially when I’m trying to use voice to text in the car. Yet, oddly enough, that’s exactly where the inspiration for this post came from, so here’s the story.
Bear with me, I promise there’s a good point coming… as I was getting ready to go into work yesterday, I got a text from my manager asking me to stop at the store on the way in, to pick up some blueberries, (I work at a bakery.) I responded and told her that yes, I could do that. So I made a pit stop at the grocery store, of course got stuck in the slowest moving check out line, and ended up running behind, at that point all I could do was wait patiently. I finally got through the checkout line, to my car and on the road to work, when I realized that I was at least ten minutes behind, so I pulled up my messages and started using voice to text to let my manager know that I was running a few minutes behind. What I started to say was, “Got the blueberries…” at that point I glanced down to make sure it was picking up what I was saying, but what I looked down and saw had nothing to do with blueberries. Instead, my microphone had picked up the words “gospel varies…”. At the time, I laughed it off, but it wasn’t long before those words cycled back around and stuck with me.
No. The gospel is not a *conditions may apply* kind of thing. The gospel itself doesn’t change, or shift to fit whatever watered down version of “progressive Christianity” people are subscribing to today. The Gospel WILL however change us, change YOU, change ME, when taken to heart and taken seriously. God sent His son, to take on human flesh, spend 33 years preaching, teaching, healing, and performing miracles, to then be beaten, bruised, bullied, bloodied, and crucified on the cross, buried in a tomb, and rose again (hallelujah!) to take on the sins of the world. Not just the sins of the world in a broad scope, your sins, my sins, the sins of each individual who accepts Him, Jesus Christ, as their personal Savior, and puts their trust in Him, first and foremost. Yes, the gospel is true, its personal, and no, it doesn’t vary, not even a little. You can’t water down Jesus, or put Him in a box. Heaven is not our default destination, but Jesus Christ loves you, more than you can fathom, and He’s waiting for you to come to Him, so it can be YOUR final destination. So, what do you say?
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (NIV)