Reading the Gospel of Mark this morning, and I was reminded of this question, one I have asked myself many times:
Why have we reduced the “gospel” to
“Jesus died on the cross to forgive your sins so you could go to heaven when you die”
… when none of the writers of scripture state or echo that idea (i.e. that THAT is the gospel)?
I won’t take the time to unpack all that right now (maybe tomorrow?), but consider this:
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:14-15)
Jesus came proclaiming the Good News (the “gospel”). The Good News was that the Time had come, that the Empire of God had come near! Jesus called us to change direction (“repent”) and believe that Good News.
That’s the Gospel Jesus proclaimed. What Gospel do you proclaim?