Every Living Thing Week 3: Gospel
Pastor Dan’s sermon, “Gospel” in the Every Living Thing series is available here or you can watch it below.
First of all, loved Kathy’s rendition of “How Great Thou Art” this week! What an amazing hymn that speaks of our big gospel!
This week, we delved into Colossians 1, and explored the gospel — how amazingly big and beautiful it is. Jesus came into the world to save sinners. He died on the cross for us, and when we accept that gift of salvation, confess our sins, and turn to Him, we are saved! We begin to follow Jesus and walk in His way. It is a wonderful truth, and I am so grateful that God has allowed us a way back to Him.
In Colossians we also saw how Jesus is Creator and the image of the invisible God. If we want to know what God is like or how God would handle things, we can look at how Jesus lived His life while here on earth. Jesus showed us God in human form.
Further, we got to see that with the death and resurrection of Jesus, God began to reconcile all things to Himself. Colossians tells us that things on earth and in heaven were brought peace through the shed blood of Jesus. So that would mean humanity, animals, all of creation are going through the process of being made right as we move toward the point in history where Jesus will return and make all things new.
What a big and glorious gospel! It involves all of creation, because everything was made by Him and for Him. The creation is not solely here for our use and enjoyment. It is here because God enjoys it. As we enter into fall and see the changing leaves glinting in the late-afternoon sun, we can know that as much as we appreciate those golden colors, God enjoys them more. He delights in His creation! He dresses the lilies. Not a bird falls to the ground without His knowledge.
God has done and is doing some amazing things. He has made a way for us to have eternal life with Him and be saved from our sins. He is reconciling everything to Himself and bringing about restoration that will be fully realized one day when He returns and we all go back to Eden. What an awesome God!