Over the last several weeks we have looked at many facets of the Gospel. These are not an exclusive list. They are simply a representation of the many ways in which we can consider and reflect on the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The challenge when engaging in this kind of journey is knowing where to start. But also where to stop. How far can we travel down this road before we forget why we began? While this concern does not necessarily apply strictly to the Gospel, it is worthy of a moment’s thought.
We began this exploration considering the underlying premise of the Gospel. And what was that? That we are finite. That this life will inevitably come to an end. But in the meantime, what will we do with the days we are given? How will we fill those days?
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this season of reflection, the season of Lent. We are asked to remember that we are dust, and that to dust we shall return. This stark reminder is not to frighten us. It is to help us orient our expectations and demands. The expectations we have of ourselves. The demands we may feel we must place on others.
The reality of our lives is they will end. So, what are we looking forward to?
This is where our journey should lead us. Where our wanderings should terminate. As believers in Christ, the Gospel is a message of hope. It is a message that reminds us that while our lives may end on earth, they will continue in eternity.
The Gospel’s hope is that death is no longer an enemy to fear. We have been invited into a new life. A life that will begin here and that will never end.
This new life has been purchased by the glorious sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. The promises made by God to men and women long since past were fulfilled in Jesus.
What a remarkable idea to meditate on. The Gospel will always be more and better than we can ever imagine. This is what makes it the best news ever proclaimed.
As we prepare to celebrate Resurrection Sunday, I pray we will never lose sight of what God has done for us. Let us look to Jesus and remember hope has found its perfect and fullest expression in him.