What is the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God? (Mk 1:1). While most people know gospel means good news, not everyone understands what’s so good about Jesus. Not everyone understands who he is, what he accomplished, or how he was able to accomplish what he accomplished. Most people know only bits and pieces of the good news.
Years ago, I filled a blank page in one of my Bibles with the following summary. I borrowed portions of it from someone I was reading, but I can’t remember who or how much I copied from him. Regardless, I have returned to this gospel summary time and time again. I share it now, praying it helps you.
The gospel of Jesus Christ
In accordance with the Father’s good pleasure, the eternal Son, who is equal with the Father and is the exact representation of his nature, willingly left the glory of heaven, was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a virgin, and was born the God-man: Jesus of Nazareth (Ac 2:23; Heb 1:3; Php 2:6, 7; Lk 1:35).
As a man, he walked on this earth in perfect obedience to the law of God (Heb 4:15). In the fullness of time, men rejected and crucified him. On the cross, he bore man’s sin, suffered God’s wrath, and died in man’s place (1Pe 2:24; 3:18; Isa 53:10).
On the third day, God raised him from the dead. This resurrection is the divine declaration that the Father has accepted his Son’s death as a sacrifice for sin. Jesus paid the penalty for man’s disobedience, satisfied the demands of justice, and appeased the wrath of God (Lk 24:6; Ro 1:4; 4:25).
Forty days after the resurrection, the Son of God ascended into the heavens, sat down at the right hand of the Father, and was given glory, honor, and dominion over all (Heb 1:3; Mt 28:18; Da 7:13, 14). There, in the presence of God, he represents his people and makes requests to God on their behalf (Lk 24:51; Php 2:9-11; Heb 1:3; 7:25).
All who acknowledge their sinful, helpless state and throw themselves upon Christ, God will fully pardon, declare righteous, and reconcile unto himself (Mk 1:15; Ro 10:9; Php 3:3). This is the gospel of God and of Jesus Christ, his Son.