May 4 I Monday
1 Kings 16-18
“He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for
us all...” —Romans 8:32
What is the most important message we could bring to the world? The gospel. A message that humanity is saved from sin when they place their faith in Jesus Christ, who satisfied the wrath of God once and for all by dying on the cross.
Sharing the gospel message is urgent. Jesus tells His disciples about the end of the age by using the imagery of fishing. He says, “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous…”. (Matthew 13:47-49). This is an incredible parable that Jesus told about the end of the age.
This gospel net, as we might call it, is being let down during this period between the first and the second coming of Christ. This is what we call the gospel age, where the gospel is offered to everybody. This is not a gospel that is available for those who are inclined to this kind of thing, like certain people play golf, some play tennis and others go to church because it just happens to be their thing. This is not some kind of recreation club to be coincided with our self-interest. The gospel is about a universal remedy being offered to a universal need.
John tells us, “[Jesus] is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). Paul also writes, “This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth”
(1 Timothy 2:3-4). Again, this theme for all of humanity to be saved is repeated in Titus 2:11: “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.” Echoed by Peter in his letter, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
What is undeniable in each of these verses is that the gospel extends to every man, woman, boy and girl. May we heed the words of Paul: “We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Do we know this universal remedy––the gospel? If so, whom do we need to share it with today?
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You that Your gospel message is not exclusive but You came to save us all. Give me the boldness and courage to share Your message of salvation with someone today. Praise You!