By Nina Kazarian. Nina is a junior at Oklahoma State University studying professional writing and linguistics, and is currently interning with The Wesley Foundation.
The gospel is simple. It’s so simple that it cannot possibly be made about me. The simple gospel is about Jesus who loved radically, accepted and invited the ragamuffins, blue-collar-loved His way to the cross, and then robbed the grave. It’s the most wild, fantastic adventure story of all time. Simply put, the simple gospel is for the childlike vagabonds who are humble enough to admit that they cannot save themselves, it’s for the brave warriors who will not stand for anything less than absurd grace, it’s for the ones who understand that the feast is too good to ignore. The simple gospel is good news, real good news. The simple gospel is not meant to suffocate, discourage, or condemn. It’s an invitation to a banquet of grandiose proportions, a welcome mat that has been long worn down by the feet of those who didn’t even deserve to pass through the door yet were pulled in by open arms. The simple gospel says that you’re no longer an enemy, but a beloved child. The simple gospel says that you’re in the company of Jesus and that’s where you’ll stay. The simple gospel says that you have been invited into unity with God. The simple gospel says that Jesus has made a way for you to be a part of the kingdom.
There are so many voices out there. There are voices that are going to tell you you’re a broken down sinner with no worth to your name. There are voices that are going to make you feel like you have to white-knuckle grip onto peace. There are voices that are going to tell you that you have to work for your salvation. But those voices are wrong.
The simple gospel says Jesus is as much an encourager as He is a teacher. The simple gospel says you have been made a new creation, one that cannot, is not, will not ever be defined by sin again, because God murdered sin when He allowed His Son to die (and He gave us the gift of repentance and forgiveness). The simple gospel says Jesus is the God of peace and hope, and in His presence you’ll find just that. The simple gospel says you are free to believe that Jesus accomplished what He set out to do when He went to the cross.
I hope the simple gospel echoes in your heart. A lot of people don’t like the simple gospel because it sets us a little too free. I get that. Freedom is pretty absurd. Some people want to use big words and make it a little harder to get to heaven. I get that too. Grace is audacious. But the simple gospel says that Jesus made a whole-hearted decision, and He’s never going back.