"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16) God loves people. He always has and He always will. He loved us so much that He sent Jesus. Jesus loved the Father so much that His heart desired what the Father desired, and the Father desired us. Love sent Love in flesh to the earth to do the unthinkable. Jesus the Perfect One gave His life for the imperfect. From the homeschooler with polite manners to the adulterous drug addict and everything in between, not limited to and including liars, murderers, homesexuals, prostitutes, porn stars, alcoholics, sex addicts, hypocrites, lustful, selfish, prideful, insecure, deceived, hurting, confused, weary, rich, poor, greedy, and if you're not listed in these then put your adjective there.
God loves them all.... so He sent Jesus.
Jesus came and lived life Perfectly without sin. While here He took time to display the very heart of His Father by preaching the gospel, teaching the Word, righting wrongs, and correcting misconceptions. He lived in unity with the Father, always taking time to honor Him and spend time with Him while taking every opportunity to correct the religious on their misguided opinions of God's character. He loved The Father and He loved people. He made sure to minister to the broken and the lost, He encouraged the pure in heart and faithful, He healed the sick, He casted out demons, and He was full of grace, but never compromised Truth.
Then the Son of God chose to lay His life down. He endured persecution, harassment, mistreatment, beating, and eventually crucifixion. He is the only man who can say without a doubt that He received undue punishment.
As prophesied years before, and also by Jesus Himself, three days later He rose again. Jesus' resurrection is monumental. His death was an incredible act of obedience and love, but His resurrection was our victory. His death and resurrection defeated sin and death purchasing forgiveness, righteousness, and redemption for those that would believe in Him. Death defeated, eternal life won.
The Bible says that there is only one way to the Father and that is through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life and no one comes to the Father except through me"
In His living, Jesus showed us the heart of the Father and set the standard for how to live life, in His death He showed us the heart of the Father while He purchased salvation and much more for believers, in His resurrection He showed us the heart of the Father as He completed our redemption and justification.
I heard a minister once say, "the gospel of Jesus Christ is simple and we try to make it complicated and hard, so that we can have an excuse to not believe it or do it"
I realize there's a lot of "theology" and "doctrine" out there. We have plenty of different denominations that all have their own thoughts on how to interpret scripture. We could start a very long list of all of the controversial topics that have divided churches, split denominations, and angered believers for years. However, at the end of the day the gospel is still simple.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosover believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16)
At the end of the day the most important question will be much like what Jesus asked Peter. "Who do you say I am?"
Who do we say Jesus is? Is He the Way, Truth, and life? The Son of God? Your Savior? Redeemer? Friend? Lord?
Jesus enjoyed simplifying what man made complicated.
There were many OT commandments, but Jesus summed them up with two. Love God, Love people.
Let's no make excuses, it's real simple. Believe in Jesus. Love God. Love People.
Be blessed, J. Tate