God created the universe, and it was good. In his image, he created people, and he gave them a lush world of abundance with one command: do not eat from this forbidden tree. Deceived by Satan, Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, and all of humanity was condemned under the curse of sin and spiritual death. But God made a promise: he was going to redeem his people, and one day he would send a rescuer to restore humanity to fellowship with him.
For years, God was faithful to his promise, providing the law to show people how to live as he intended. Though humanity continued to turn away from him in rebellion and disobedience, he continued to be faithful, renewing his promise of restoration again through David. Finally, he fulfilled the promise through Jesus, his own Son, whose life, death, and resurrection completed all of the covenantal promises God made with his people and paved the way for all people to come to know God as Father and Lord.
This is the gospel, and it is the good news for all people everywhere. The way is open for all to come to God, and the only thing required is simply to receive it. It’s a gift, entirely free, overflowing from the heart of God “so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7).
This was God’s plan all along. Before he even spoke the world into motion, he chose us and desired for us to be a part of his family, adopted into it through his Son, and it was all according to his purposes and a display of his grace (Ephesians 1). Why? Because of his great love (Ephesians 2:4). He could have left humanity condemned to death, the rightful judgment for sin. But because of his great love and the riches of his mercy, he offers us life. And it is freely given, so that in our redemption he receives the glory due his name.
And this free gift is available to all people. There is no one outside of the reach of God’s grace and none are exempt from the redemption available through him. So, whatever your past, your skin color, your socioeconomic status, your family structure or relationship status, this good news of grace is for you. He desires to know you. He offers you the abundant life of his kingdom. His Son, Jesus, bled and died to bear the weight of your guilt and shame. And he rose again to raise you up with him to live in victory over sin and death, and to proclaim his goodness for the rest of your life.