The Gospel is definitely too good to be true, but the reality is that it is! I have been caught up in a scam as I attempted to sell a piano on-line. The purchaser did not want to bring cash but insisted on sending a check. He was okay if I would wait until the check cleared my bank to complete the transaction. I thought it was strange; but when I finally received the check and discovered that it was written for more than double the cost I had asked, I knew something was sketchy. It was too good to be true that someone was willing to pay so much more than the asking price. A friend told me to google that scam, and I found out it was a common occurrence. Skepticism is vital in the world we live in.
So what about the too-good-to-be-true Gospel? This scam depended on my greed to find a way to bank some extra cash, but how does that small scam compare to my entire debt of sin being paid for completely by my lack of skepticism? Purely by faith every unholy thought, word, or deed I have ever uttered can be totally cancelled when I recognize that I am without hope except for Jesus Christ. This is beyond the imagination of man. It is far beyond any scheme we could ever come up with. Jesus Christ understands that I am utterly doomed beyond hope if He doesn’t come in and save me completely. He had to do all the work for my salvation because I could do nothing for myself.
Reconciliation with God through Christ is by far the most stunning reality that I have experienced in my life on earth. I’ve been to beautiful places in this world. I have walked through the forests of Sweden and felt that I was in a fairy tale. I have ridden horseback through Aspen forests in Colorado. I have flown into a fantasy village in Scotland. The most beautiful place I have ever experienced is the Grand Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Each time I have experienced a once in a lifetime journey, I am amazed and stunned. Yet, all of that pales in comparison to reconciliation with the Son of God! My future will include walking streets of gold in paradise with Jesus.
Paul drove home these truths to the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 5:18-19.
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.
And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. Not only have I been personally reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ, I have become God’s ambassador to share the gift of reconciliation with others. I am blown away by the immense consequences of reconciliation. I am convinced that there is nothing more important to living in this world than to recognize that the goodness it contains is a remnant of the good God who created it. His love and goodness compel me to desire reconciliation with Him and to please him by sharing the journey I have personally traveled in being reconciled to Him with others.
Reconciliation with God is the one too-good-to-be-true reality that is absolutely true!