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This is the gospel of Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16.

Jesus came into this world in response to God’s love for man. Man had sinned and the judgment for sin was death. Man needed a savior, a redeemer, someone to save him from death. The same word that God used to create the heavens and the earth took on the formed of flesh, empty himself of his divine privileges, humble himself, took our sins upon himself and became obedient to the death of the cross (Philippians 2:5-8). God the Father poured all of his wrath and judgment for our sins upon the body of Jesus. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions he was bruised for our iniquities the chastisement of our peace was upon him and with his stripes we are healed.” He came, he died and three days later he rose again with all power and is seated at the right hand of Majesty on High.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is so plain and simple to understand that even a child can receive. We don’t need to dress it up with fancy words. Paul said in I Corinthians 2:4-5, “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” And in Romans 1:16, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” The gospel of Jesus Christ all by itself is the power of God unto salvation.

When Jesus came to this earth he came as a baby and he was born in a manger. When he went into Jerusalem he was riding upon a donkey. His disciples took their garments and laid them upon the donkey. To the Jews he was a stumbling block they weren’t expecting their Messiah, their King to come in such a fashion. Even his disciples seemed to disapprove of his choice of transportation. I mean if you are going to present yourself as King you will need a better ride. Therefore they attempted to dress up the donkey with their garments. To the Greeks it was foolishness for a king to speak of dying for his subjects (I Corinthians 1:22-24).

But there was a reason then as it is now that the King of kings; and Lord of lords; came without any earthly fanfare. And the reason is simple, he needed none. He alone all by himself is the power of God unto salvation. We don’t need to dress him up for men to receive him we simply need to give men Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God. Where there is a revelation of Jesus Christ there is power. When men see Jesus Christ, in all of his loveliness, splendor and power their lives are transformed from glory to glory by the power of God. This is the gospel of Jesus Christ.