The Gospel is not all about me. Christ was not thinking of me while on the cross. I don’t know if He would have died for me if I were the only person on earth and no one else knows that either. God did not give the Son because of His love for dear old me.
People want to put themselves at the center of the universe and we’d love a Gospel that bucked up our humanity by placing it front and center. But I’d like to show you a passage from Revelation talking about a band of angels speaking about Christ, the Lamb that was slain. Here’s what they say:
“Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”
The Lamb was slain for a reason and with results. According to the angels, the Lamb was slain to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessing.
Note they never mention awesome me. They didn’t even mention people in general.
In fact, according to these unfallen angels, Christ seems pretty self-centered with this whole thing. I thought His death was primarily for me, but it sure sounds like He did it for Himself! What an arrogant jerk of a messiah we have here!
Oh, that our Gospel were as big as God’s.