WE ALL HAVE LONGINGS IN OUR HEARTS THAT THIS WORLD CANNOT SATISFY (ECCL. 3:11).
We long for safety. We long for peace. We long to be known fully and loved completely. We long to believe that the darkest part of our story will not be what defines us. We long to know that we are caught up in a bigger story than our own. And the story of human longing, like every good story, has a beginning. And it starts with our first parents…
They were created by a holy, powerful, beautiful, loving, relational God. They were created in His image, to enjoy and cultivate His creation, and to be in unbroken friendship with Him and each other (Genesis 1:26–27). That’s how the story began. But then something tragic happened. The first man and woman believed a lie that an enemy told them, and they acted on it. This one act of rebellion – of sin – fractured the perfect relationship between humanity and our God (Genesis 3). Sinful humans cannot dwell with a holy God, and there was no way for us to make things right. Our power was too small, and our hearts were too bent (Romans 3:12). We’ve been homesick ever since. That’s where the longing comes from.
Then, in an act of unbelievable mercy, God did something so sinful homesick rebels could be saved. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, on a rescue mission to bring us back to Himself. Jesus did many things, but three were of especially good news for us.
THIS IS THE GOSPEL:
Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to His Father. This was so He could be a righteous representative for us. (Romans 5:17; Hebrews 4:15)
Jesus died a horrific death on a cross as a holy sacrifice. This was to pay for our sin. (Colossians 2:14; Galatians 2:20)
Jesus physically rose from the dead three days later, in glorious victory. This was to break the curse of death, and to crush our Satanic enemy. (1 Corinthians 15)
After this, Jesus ascended back to His Father (Acts 1:6–11) and is the triumphant, reigning Lord of all (Colossians 1:15–20). You say, “But this world still seems so broken.” That is true. Jesus predicted it would be so (John 16:33; Romans 8:22–23). Yet, He promised to return one day soon to make all things new (Revelation 21:5; Matthew 24:31–41). His promised return is a promise that one day all our deepest longings will be satisfied.
THIS GOOD NEWS – THE GOSPEL – IS THE FREE, UNDESERVED, UNEARNED, PURE GIFT OF GOD’S GRACE.
HERE IS HOW JESUS DESCRIBED IT:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:16–18)
If you have never heard or believed this you should be asking: how can I get in on this good news? Simple. You receive this gospel – forgiveness of sin, and eternal life with God – by humbly admitting your need for a Savior, and trusting completely in all Jesus Christ did to save you – His life, death, and resurrection. Scripture says it plainly: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).”
At the Axis the Gospel is our life blood. We haven’t gotten over it and, by God’s grace, we never will. Join us and let us together give the triune God all the glory for the great things He has done.