If you were asked what Jesus’ gospel is about in one phrase, what would that one phrase be? People have debated this subject for years but when you really examine the life and mission of Jesus, it comes down to one thing - the kingdom of God! More specifically, the gospel or good news that Jesus came to proclaim is that the kingdom of God has now become available to ordinary human beings like you and me. Jesus put it best when He taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Through His presence on earth, the kingdom has come to the earth and we can live in it if we want to.
The implications of this truth are staggering because something tragic has happened in thousands and thousands of churches over many centuries. Millions and millions of Christians in our day have substituted another gospel. Simply put, they think the gospel is “the minimal entrance requirements for getting into heaven when they die.” However, nothing could be farther from the truth. Of course Jesus’ gospel includes the promise of the forgiveness of our sin as a gift of grace. Of course Jesus’ gospel includes the promise that death will not have the last word - that our eternal life with God will never, ever cease. Of course Jesus’ gospel includes these things, but it includes much more than that. Jesus came as the great kingdom bringer.
So as we continue our My Life with Jesus focus in 2014, the community of Oasis is going to zero in on the one true gospel of Jesus – to seek first the kingdom by exploring what might happen if Jesus ran the world we live in every day. What would it look like if God’s will really was done on earth as it is in heaven? By the end of this series, hopefully we will all devote ourselves to living the kingdom life and extending it because it is the gospel of the One we follow.