Not only is the gospel, the good news of God, about a moment in time, but it is about a man. A God-man who came down to earth wrapped in flesh to save us rebels from the wrath of God. This man is Jesus Christ! Colossians 1:15 says, “He is the image of the invisible God.” Jesus came to earth to show us who were lost, blind, and spiritually dead what God was like.
I work primarlilly with 6-12 year old kids and they have some really good questions about God. A frequent one is “if God is real why can’t we see him.” I tell them well, he visited us around 2,000 years ago and his name is Jesus. People could see him, touch him, talk to him, listen to him, and eat with him. He is still alive! Jesus is “the image of the invisible God.”
Jesus is God-man. He is fully God, but came to take on human flesh, so that he migt save us. Colossians 1:19 says, “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” In Jesus Christ, all of who God is dwelt bodily. He knows all things, see all things, creates all things, is able to forgive all things, is in everyplace, has existed before all things, and can do all things! Colossians 1:17, “in him all things hold together.” Jesus is the one sustains the universe and keeps it from flying into choas. He is the one who keeps you alive today giving “to all mankind life and breath and everything (Acts 17:25).” He is the Maker and Creator of all!
Part of my job is distrubuting medications to the guys where I work and last week I went to give some guys their meds and one said, “How does it feel to be the kingpin of Brooklawn?” Then based on previous conversation with these guys, I said, “It’s better to know the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ.” The another kid said, “Why are you always talking about Jesus?” So, I responded, “Because he is the most amazing person in the entire universe!”
This Jesus, this God-man came to save sinners. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the worst (I Timothy 1:15).” He came to deviver us from hell, sin, ourselves, and Satan. He did this by his death on a wooden cross and his resurection from the dead. You see, death was necessary for sin from the beginning, because God said if you chose to rebel, then you would surely die. The word of God tells us that the wages of sin is death. All die and all will face judgment and hell apart from Jesus. So, Jesus comes as the only one who is able to take our sin upon himself and die our death, so that we might not face the ultimate death, hell.
Colossians 1:19, 20, “ For in him (Jesus) all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” At the right time and on the right man, the God-man, Jesus Christ, God placed all of our sin on the cross and poured out all of his hatred for sin. The God who hates evil in this moment, punished his son instead of us, so he might “reconcile” us to himself. God did this so that in bruising and piercing his own son he would be, “making peace by the blood of his cross.”
Colossians 2:13-15, “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” The Romans, when they would crucify a man, would drive nails through his hands and feet and nail a “record of debt,” above the criminal’s head, indicating why they were being punished. The Spirit of God in this text tell us that we all have a record of debt we owe to God that we cannot pay. This debt stands against us testifying to our breaking the laws of God and it will follow us to judgment, unless.
Jesus took this “record of debt” and nailed it to the cross. He set it aside. He cancelled it. It’s gone. To all who are in Christ there is no more guilt, no more shame, no more accusations that can damn us by Satan. It’s been forgiven! Jesus paid it all! This is good news! Jesus has died for my sins that I could not wash away, for my shame that plagaued me, for my burdern which was to heavy for me to carry and he nailed the whole load to the cross. He cancelled all my debt and rose again, defeating death, hell, and the armies of Satan that stand against me. God, “disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”