The Gospel Rocks

Journalist Piers Morgan interviewed radio shock-jock Howard Stern in January, 2011. At one point in the interview, Morgan brought up Stern’s relationship with his father, asking, “How often does [your father] say to you, ‘Great show, Howard’?” Even though you couldn’t see Stern’s eyes because of the dark glasses, the pain in his heart was evident as he replied, “Rarely. He said that to me once years ago… and it really moved me. I was rocked, because I never thought I’d hear those words.”

Did you know that the gospel is intended to rock us like that—but not just once? It is intended to rock us every time we consider the cross of Jesus. The cross tells us that Jesus was rejected so that we could be accepted. He was disowned so that we could be adopted, loved, treasured. Everything that would have caused us to be rejected by God was removed from us and placed on Jesus. And all of the law-keeping, obedience and faithfulness that Jesus accomplished in his life has been placed on us. That is what 2 Cor. 5:21 teaches us, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

So, look to Jesus and be convinced that you are a fully forgiven, perfectly accepted and eternally beloved son or daughter. He will never disown you or let you go. You are his. And it is that amazing grace that changes us. As William Cowper’s famous hymn says, “To see the Law by Christ fulfilled, to hear His pardoning voice, changes a slave into a child and duty into choice.”

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