Last Sunday, we heard a very thorough and easy to understand explanation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We saw that the gospel is the means God uses to deliver us from this evil age. When we live in truth, we will be delivered from the lies and lusts of this world. Embracing the gospel ensures our citizenship in heaven.
But the heart of the gospel message is a Person, not a philosophy or a religion. It is the Person of Jesus Christ. When we reject the gospel, we are not just choosing another way to think or behave, we are turning away from Jesus.
There are any number of false gospels tantalizing modern men and women, and the problem with all of them is the idea that we can somehow earn a right relationship with God. Paul in the first few verses of Galatians is shocked that those early churchgoers in Galatia had so quickly turned their attention and allegiance away from Christ.
As I listened to the sermon, I heard and saw Pastor Jason speak, but my mind was laying another track on top of his message. It was the words from Anne Graham Lotz and her famous message, “Just Give Me Jesus.” (It is well worth taking a moment and looking it up on YouTube.)
It seems that Anne was deeply moved by a previous message given by the famous preacher, S.M. Lockridge. She took some of his phrases and has powerfully delivered them (in her sweet southern accent) all over the world. In part, this is what she says:
Just give me Jesus. He is the loftiest idea in philosophy. He is the supreme subject in literature. He is the unavoidable problem in higher criticism. He is the fundamental doctrine of theology. He is the Cornerstone, the Capstone, the stumbling Stone of all religion. He is the miracle of the ages. That’s my King. Just give me Jesus.
The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but found they couldn’t stop Him. Satan tried to tempt Him, but found he couldn’t trip Him. Pilate examined Him on trial, but found he couldn’t find fault in Him. The Romans crucified Him, but they couldn’t take His life. Death couldn’t handle Him, and the grave couldn’t hold Him. That’s my King. Just give me Jesus.
The last point of the message this week reminded us that the gospel is all about Jesus, and He is enough. So, around Coast Hills Church we simply declare: Just give us Jesus!