It was 1992, I was a new college graduate who had moved back home, and I was at some nightclub in South Florida with my sister and her group of guy friends. One of the guys and I were dancing together when he asked me about my recent conversion to Christianity.
“Cindy tells me you are very passionate about the whole Jesus thing. Do you actually believe what you are being told at church?”
I was thrilled with his question, because it was the perfect opportunity for me to share the gospel for the very first time. It seems odd to me now that I could have such a serious conversation while grooving to pop music on a dance floor . . . but at the time it was perfectly natural. He listened patiently as I began my explanation with the Garden of Eden.
I kept talking for an entire hour.
I didn’t know how to explain the gospel simply and concisely! Oh Lord, how embarrassing. I don’t even remember that young man’s name, but God bless him for hearing me out.
And, if you don’t mind, may I please explain the gospel to you right now in a simple and concise manner??? I promise; I’ll be quick.
The gospel is the good news, or the glad tidings, of Jesus Christ. It’s good news because He came to solve the problem that plagued humanity. And as I tried to explain to that anonymous guy on the dance floor, the problem began in the Garden of Eden.
Genesis 2:15-17, The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Adam and Eve were given one commandment to obey, and they failed. They ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They chose to reject God. So on that day, He left. They lost the life of God, the Holy Spirit, which had been breathed within them . . . and they died (Gen 2:7).
You and I are born into this world “spiritually dead.” We are all born in the image of Adam. We are empty. We are blind. We are lost. (Haven’t you noticed?)
Romans 5:17-19, For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.
Humans are born in the image of Adam, not in the image of God. Death reigned from Adam to Jesus. Life reigns from Jesus until eternity, until forever! 😁
God came to earth as the promised Messiah to the Israelites; the prophet that was foretold and expected for thousands of years. He was born as a baby and was called Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
After living a perfect life according to the Law of Moses, He was put to death; His death paid the penalty that was required for sinners under the Law. He was then buried in a cave; hundreds of Roman soldiers guarded that cave for the following three days.
But you can’t kill God, so on the third day, He rose again; His body was resurrected from the grave. Having died for the sins of the world, the world is now forgiven of all of its trespasses against God. The slate has been wiped clean so that anyone who wants to be saved, can be saved. You are saved by receiving the resurrected life of Jesus, by inviting His life – which is His very Holy Spirit – to come and live with you for all of eternity.
Romans 5:10, For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
His death, His burial, and most importantly, His resurrection made it possible for humanity to be saved; to be made alive; to receive His resurrected life, His Spirit, that would resurrect US from the dead.
That life that Adam and Eve lost? It has been restored.
Have you been restored? Have you been made alive? Have you believed in the gospel?
Hearing this message with faith, is what allows a person to be saved from eternal death.
Kind of an important message to share. . . . even if you are on a dance floor.