In his letter to the Romans the apostle Paul says that he is not ashamed of the gospel. Gospel translated into English means “Good News” – and it is seriously THE best news the world has ever received.
The name of Jesus is written all over the story of the gospel. The Hebrew root “Yeshua” (Hebrew: ישע) in English translates into “Yahweh delivers”. To relieve the world from oppression, the Father gave us His Son. For His rescue mission no military weapons were used. The war against oppression culminated on the cross where Jesus died. On the third day He rose from the grave and returned to the Father while the Holy Spirit picked up where Jesus had left off – God’s Spirit was poured out on planet Earth and the gospel of Jesus Christ has been preached ever since.
The Trinity’s beautiful teamwork of salvation is legendary. God has fought a good fight for us and He has given it all. We are the reason why the Trinity is waging this epic battle; we are loved; we matter so much to Him – this is the heart of the gospel so amazing that it regularly stumps people.
Believing the gospel of Jesus Christ is a miracle, no doubt about it. It does not make sense, how could it make sense? Nothing like this has ever happened before. I believe this is the challenge Paul is indirectly referring to when he says: “I am not ashamed of the gospel.” Why is he not ashamed? He allowed the Holy Spirit to carve the story of salvation deep into his heart.
In his prior life, Paul was difficult to reach, hidden behind layers and layers of pride; and yet where God is involved there is always reason for hope. The Lord expertly knows our hearts and He has a way of reaching us. He definitely got Paul’s attention. The circumstances of Paul’s dramatic transformation are recorded in the book of Acts and is a wonderful example how God touches a human heart.
God has a way. The entire faith population of the past and present can tell us all about it. I highly recommend listening to God’s salvation story. It is no fairy tale, but has real implications for you and me. It opens heaven’s door to everyone who believes: to our Jewish brothers and sisters who were historically the first to embrace the gospel, followed by many other tribes and nations who did the same. Maybe you can too – God’s salvation story only has a happy ending when we believe.