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The Gospel in one sentence

In the first century A.D. one of Jesus’ best friends and an eyewitness of the historical events summarized the eternal meaning of Jesus in one sentence: “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.” (The Bible, 1.Peter 3:18)

The good news of Jesus Christ starts with bad news. You and I are called “unrighteous” and “sinners” who are far away from God. God created us to live with him and enjoy an intimate relationship with Him. But this relationship was destroyed for everyone. We are disconnected from God because of our unrighteousness. That is the bad news. But what follows is the good news: Jesus Christ did something for us.

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God…” Jesus took upon himself the death sentence that we deserved because of our unrighteousness. Out of love for us He suffered on the cross, as a sinless man, to die freely on our behalf the death we deserve. THAT was the historical feat of Jesus. Jesus alone can lead “unrighteous people to God” because He took the consequences of our sin on Himself and exchanged our unrighteousness with His righteousness. Thereby he afforded us an opportunity to be reconciled with God – through Jesus.

Building that bridge cost Jesus His life. He was “put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.” He died a literal, physical death on the cross. But God raised him from the dead and gave Him new life. Jesus is alive and invites everyone: “Come to me and I will give you (my) life.” That invitation can be accepted only through faith. That means you trust Him, the living Jesus, and believe that through His suffering and death there is peace between God and you.

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”(Romans 5,1, the Bible)