The gospel of Jesus Christ confronts and challenges the modern world with the statement that it alone has the answer to all man’s questions and the solution to all his problems. In a world that is seeking a way out of its tragedy and its troubles, the gospel announces that the solution is already available. In a world that is feverishly looking to the future, and talking about plans for the future, the gospel proclaims that the search is no only mistaken in direction, but is also quite unnecessary. It denounces that fatal habit of pining our hopes to something that is going to happen, and announces that all that is needed by men, individually and collectively, has been at the disposal of mankind for nearly two thousand years. For the central message of the gospel is to tell men that everything necessary for their salvation is found in the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the only begotten Son of God. He, it proclaims, is the full and final revelation of God. It is in Him, His life and His teaching, that we see what man is meant to be, and the kind of life that man is meant to live. It is in His death upon the Cross that we see the sin of the world finally exposed and condemned. It is through His death that we see the only way whereby man can be reconciled to God. It is from Him alone we can derive new life, and obtain a new beginning. It is only as we receive power from Him that we can live the life that God intended us to live.
Indeed, it goes further, and assures us that He is seated at the right hand of God, reigning in power, and that He will continue to reign until His enemies have been made His footstool. The gospel proclaims that the time is coming when at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, ‘of thing in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.’ (Phil 2:10) Thus the gospel of Jesus Christ confronts man, and urges him to turn back, to look back at this unique Person who was here on earth nearly two thousand years ago, and in whom alone salvation is to be found.
– D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, from Truth Unchanged, Unchanging.