What is the Gospel?

“Dad, I wish Adam and Eve never disobeyed God,” my son Micah said to me the other day. “Me too, buddy. Me too,” I said back to him. I love that at his young age he is connecting the dots between his sin and the sin nature he inherited from his great, great, great, (you get the point), grandfather Adam. This exchange gave me the opportunity to explain to him why the Apostle Paul describes Jesus as the the Second Adam:

Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. (1 Cor. 15:45-49)

The gospel is the true story of how the Creator visited the creation to make good on a promise to kill a snake. The opening pages of Scripture reveal that Adam failed to guard the garden and protect his bride. The rest of the Bible can be summed up in this: Jesus came to do what Adam should have done in the first place. The Second Adam made it right and promises to make all things new.

I wish Adam and Eve would have obeyed God too. But they didn’t. And if we were in their place we likely would have followed our wayward glances to the point of grasping for the forbidden fruit too. We would find ourselves hiding in the garden with the bitter sweet taste of fruit on our lips and the darkest dark of shame in our hearts. But thank God for Jesus who was obedient to God to the point of death, even death on a cross.

I thought I would close this post with a resource that I was able to be a part of producing with the gifted communications team at Southern Seminary. I’ve heard from multiple people who have benefited from this video by sharing it with their children as a gospel conversation starter. While that was’t exactly what we created it for, I’m thankful to God that it is being used in this way. I pray that it will be a helpful resource for you as well.