This is so good – from pastor/blogger Jared Wilson…
their story, more than likely. One was wasteful, exploitative, wanton,
licentious. One was rigid, moralistic, uptight, legalistic. Two
brothers with two personalities and two sets of attendant sins. But
their father loved them both and all that he had belonged to both of
This is how staggeringly awesome the gospel of Jesus is.
Two sisters. One is a busybody, the other kinda poky. One rarely
Sabbaths; the other makes every day a Sabbath. The prescription for
both is focus on Jesus.
Two Americans. One is a practicing homosexual and proud of it. The
other is a practicing Baptist and proud of it. One trusts his feelings,
the other trusts his actions. Both are in desperate need of Jesus for
pretty much the same reason.
This is how wonderful the gospel of Jesus. It's the skeleton key for all of humanity.
Medicine doesn't work this way. You don't treat spina bifida with
drugs for leukemia. (At least, I don't think you do.) You don't give a
decongestant to a kid with athlete's foot. For every condition, there
is a specific treatment. Different symptoms, different fixes.
But the gospel isn't like that. It fixes everything.
We all exhibit a multitude of symptoms for our conditions, running
the gamut from self-indulgent immorality to self-satisfying morality.
Opposite ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between. Whatever your
symptoms, the gospel is the answer.
There is no problem, pain, or perniciousness outside the universe-spanning scope of the gospel.
The gospel carries with it resurrection power.
So Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female, rich or poor, smart
or dumb, well or sick, bad or good . . . the gospel is the power to
save for all who believe.
The gospel is the antidote to everything.
(ht: bob hyatt)