Remembering the Gospel

Each morning that I wake up, I seem to forget the grace of God.  It’s not that I forget that Jesus did indeed come and die for sinners, but rather I forget the profound implications that Jesus’ death and resurrection have on my life.

This morning I slept through my alarm and woke up feeling guilty.  Guilty that I didn’t wake up with productive energy (which rarely happens anyhow), guilty that I didn’t wake up with a hunger for God’s word, and just plain guilty because I know that I am a broken sinner.  As I took my morning shower, the hot water hitting my back helped me to relax and breathe.   Instead of listening to my sinful nature, I was able to remember the good news of the gospel.  As the author Jerry Bridges rightfully says, “Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.”  Whether we wake up proud and ready to conquer the day, or poor and overwhelmed, we must be dependent upon the Savior.  It’s as simple as remembering the gospel, Christ died for sinners and this simple yet profound love still pierces our hearts today.  There’s no need to complicate it.

When Jesus died on the cross, he bore God’s wrath for the payment of our sin.  When He rose again on the third day, he gave us a receipt of this payment.  As we submit our lives to God and his Word, we will point those around us to this payment and proof of Christ’s death and resurrection.  When we feel guilty, condemned, and broken, we too must fix our eyes on the cross.  This is why the gospel translates to “good news.”  Apart from it, even our righteousness is filthy.

Walk in grace today.  That’s why he came.

“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

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