Pathetic and Precious
“…believe in the gospel.”
— Mark 1.15
Do you believe in the gospel? The verb ‘believe’ means to consider something to be true and therefore worthy of one’s trust. We trust in all sorts of things, like the simple fact that the chair you are sitting in right now will hold you up. You sat down in that chair expecting it to keep you elevated off the ground. That’s believing.
We, however, cannot believe in something unless we know what that something is. So, what is the gospel? Simply put, we are pathetic. We are pathetic because we emulate the Greek hunter, Narcissus. We sit for hours gazing into the mirror, and we have fallen in love with ourselves. It’s all about ME. The prophet Obadiah said, “The pride of your heart has deceived you.” (Obadiah 1.3) In other words, we believe a lie. We think the Creator and His creation should cater to us. Pathetic.
The Bible says that “all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3.23) We are so pathetic that we not only fall short of God’s standards, but we cannot even live up to our own standards. Pathetic.
What is more, Jesus’ little brother, James, told us that we are pathetic. In a lot more words, he said: “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people!” (James 4.1-4) Pathetic.
Jesus did not come into the world to hang out with us, due to the fact that we are so amazing. Not hardly. Jesus’ entrance into the world was a Sovereign shout of “You are PATHETIC!” We could not save ourselves. Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1.15)
But hang on! The gospel of Jesus Christ is more than you are pathetic; it is you are precious. “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3.16-18)
Do you believe and trust in Jesus Christ? If so, you are precious. How? Peter said that Jesus was “chosen and precious.” (1 Peter 2.4) If you are “in Christ Jesus” then you are chosen and precious in God’s sight.
Oh, so you are a Christian—you believe in the gospel. No, you don’t. You still don’t “believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1.15) Let’s talk about how your belief should alter your behavior next week.
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