So, this gospel is about a moment in time, a man, but it is also about a message. Colossians 1:28, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” The gospel is about the proclamation of the most important message ever. Paul said, “Him we proclaim.” The Apostle, who saw the resurected Christ, said that his preaching and teaching were about proclaiming “Him,” that is the God-man, sin-forgiving, new-life-giving, world-changing, son of God and nothing else!
This message is to be believed. Paul in Colossians 1:5 described the gospel as “the word of truth.” It should be trusted. Jesus has been crucified for sins, resurected and is sitting at God’s right hand, waiting to return, and he commands all to believe in him. This is not an option, but Christ demands all people everywhere to believe. In John 14:1, Jesus said, “Believe in God; believe also in me.” Jesus said in Mark 1:15 again, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Paul thanked God for the Colossians in Colossians 1:3 saying, “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus.” You see, faith is essential to salvation. If you want to be saved from your sin, you must throw all your trust on the only one who can save you, Jesus Christ. You must believe the good news about Jesus’ life, death, and resurection.
So, this gospel message should be belived. However, belief is not the whole coin. There is another side to conversion, which is repentance. It means to turn away from something. This message about Jesus should produce a real change in us, without which there is no salvation. Again Mark 1:15, Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” I Thessalonians 1:9 provides a good description of repentance, “you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.”
The other day I was driving down our street and I noticed a car coming in the other direction. Now, normally that wouldn’t be a problem, but you see our street is one way. The guy was driving into oncoming traffic. He was headed for danger. He needed to repent.
The gospel message shows us our sin and it shows us a God who is going to judge sin, it shows us there is a way to be forgiven and it calls us to repent to turn from sin and unbelief to Jesus to be forgiven. I have just laid before you the facts of the gospel, that God is your creator, that you have sinned against him, that you will be judged for this sin, but God sent his son at the right time to die on the cross, so that you might be forgiven, and that Jesus has defeated the curse of sin and resurrected from the grave. Now, God calls on you to repent and turn from your sin and believe in this good news, so that your sin can be forgiven and you can be reconciled to God. So will you? Will you come to Jesus right now? Will you turn from your sin? God promises to forgive? He promises to make peace between you and him. You can put your trust in Jesus right now!