The Gospel is a huge subject. According to my Bible, God wrote 1,566 pages about it. That being said, allow me to share two basic facts you should get from the Gospel:
1) You are more sinful than you could ever imagine.
2) You are more loved than you could ever imagine.
We are not compared to other people or their depth of sin; we are compared to our perfect Father in Heaven. We are all continually falling short of the glory of God. There is none righteous, no, not one. In my flesh dwells no good thing.
If I were told to be as perfect as my earthly father, I might have a shot and you might too. But to measure up to God? No way. We’ll never make it.
The first sin of Adam and Eve was to eat a piece of fruit. That’s it. They ate fruit and the whole earth fell into sin. They didn’t murder anyone, they didn’t have an abortion, nor commit homosexuality, fornication nor did they start the holocaust.
They ate fruit.
Not listening to God in any degree is sin and sin deserves death and God’s wrath. We are filthy, sick, sinners. More than we’ll ever imagine.
This depresses us. We get bummed out. Our self-esteem is ruined. We’re in the dirt, grovelling, smelling worm feet. We can’t lift our heads. We’re broken, defeated, guilt-ridden.
But God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that we who believe might not perish but have everlasting life. The Son takes away our sin. We, who couldn’t come anywhere near God, are loved!
Why? I have no idea, but we are. I know this because God says so. You are loved more than you could ever imagine. You must believe both points. They are contradictory, but both are true. Lay hold of them, herein lies salvation.