When we think of what it means to be a Christian, nothing is more telling about us than how the Gospel shapes our view of life. The Gospel shouldn’t just be central to us, it must be big enough to address any situation we face or need we have. Nineteenth century hymn writer Horatio Bonar describes a very big Gospel for us.
“All that Christ did and suffered, from the manger to the tomb, forms one glorious whole, no part of which shall ever become needless or obsolete; no part of which one can ever leave without forsaking the whole.
I am always at the manger, and yet I know that mere incarnation cannot save; always at Gethsemane, and yet I believe that its agony was not the finished work; always at the cross, with my face toward it, and my eye on the crucified One, and yet I am persuaded that the sacrifice there was completed once for all; always looking into the grave, though I rejoice that it is empty, and that ‘He is not here, but is risen’; always resting (with the angel) on the stone that was rolled away, and handling the grave-clothes, and realizing a risen Christ, nay, an ascended and interceding Lord, yet on no pretext whatever leaving any part of my Lord’s life or death behind me, but unceasingly keeping up my connection with Him, as born, living, dying, buried, and rising again, and drawing out from each part some new blessing every day and hour.” (as quoted by firstimportance.org )
As we head into a new year, let us resolve to live out of a Gospel that is truly big enough for all we will face.