The Gospel (part 2 of 2)

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Do you think you could summarize the Gospel but still include the vital information? I’d love to read your perspective. Here’s the second part of my try: You can find The Gospel (part 1 of 2) on the previous post.

Jesus heals our mortal wound by laying down his life on the cross

While the numbers of people who followed Jesus grew, so did the opposition to him.  He angered Jewish religious authorities by healing on the Sabbath – jostling their self-serving system of so to speak “keeping the commandments.”  Some people were perturbed at his indications that some gentiles and sinners are part of God’s kingdom through mercy and love.  And of course, no ruler who was concerned about maintain his power, whether religious or secular, was happy about his claim to be the son of God.  Jesus’ popularity was a threat and so, he was arrested. 

He was tried by the Roman authorities, was condemned to death by crucifixion.  On the cross, Jesus, who was blameless and perfect in every way, took upon himself, the sins of the whole world.  He suffered not only physically but rather in his whole being- feeling the absence of God which in some way, we have all chosen. He died and descended into hell.  God himself, had come to wrestle us out of the hand of Satan and take our death away.

Jesus was destined to heal Adam’s original sin and all of our subsequent sins and fundamental disorientation.    In this way, the only begotten son of God, (God himself), was able to do in us and for us, created children, what a true son united in friendship with their father does.  He lived out the Father’s will, completely giving His own life to the Father who first and continually, gives life to him.  He embodied our experience and made possible for us an eternal life.  He saved us from eternal absence of love. 

When he died on the cross, the huge vail blocking the inner sanctuary of the temple tore in two from top to bottom.  Dwelling in the inner relationship with God was now opened to us.   

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

1 Cor 15

Rising from the dead, Jesus conquered the power of death in us

On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead.  Death no longer had power over him.  Anyone who believes in Jesus also can enter into this freedom.  Jesus encouraged his Apostles, appearing to them sporadically over 40 days.  He entrusted them with his own mission to teach people and bring them through baptism into friendship with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Then he ascended into heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to his disciples to remind them of all he taught them, so that they can fulfill the mission of Christ, filled with courage, comfort and holiness.

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.  We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.  For he who has died is freed from sin.  But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.  For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. Romans 6:4-9

All people can choose to receive life with God

Then Jesus ascended into heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to his disciples to remind them of all he taught, so that they can carry out his mission, filled with courage, comfort and holiness.  Everyone who wants to can follow Jesus, be filled with the Holy Spirit and enter into the Father’s Will for eternal life and union.  We respond to his grace by saying “yes” daily in prayer, through service and by living in the Church through the sacraments. 

He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. …9 For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fulness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.   


So, there you go.  A summary of the Good News.  This is your story; it is my story; it is THE story.  All other stories fit within it. Let me know what you think!

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