The Gospel is a story that is compellingly beautiful and beautifully compelling. For those seeking to know the truth about God, it grips them in an almost irresistible draw that is deep and dynamic. For those who have been saved and transformed by it’s power, it intensely drives them to take the love of God experienced and let it become the love of God expressed as they share the stunning beauty of the good news of Jesus Christ’s love and power with everyone, everywhere. The Apostle Paul put it this way: “For the love of Christ compels us…” (2 Corinthians 5:14). For unbelievers—a draw to receive the Lord; for believers—a drive to reach the lost.
The Gospel causes us to be compelled by the beauty of the Man, Jesus Christ. We are not talking about physical beauty here. As a man, He was plain in appearance in life and marred in appearance in death. And although in His glorified state He is marvelous to behold, there is a different kind of beauty that we are to consider. What makes Jesus beautiful is that He makes everyone and everything else beautiful. The Scriptures tell us that “He will beautify the humble with salvation” (Psalm 149:4). The word beautify means “to make glorious”. The Man, Jesus Christ makes everyone and everything else share in His glory as He gloriously transforms them by the work of His Spirit.
The Gospel causes us to be compelled by the beauty of the means, the cross. The means by which mankind is saved and reconciled to God is the cross. The cross is not beautiful because of how it looked—it was stark and foreboding. The cross is not beautiful because of what was experienced on it—it was an instrument of horrific cruelty and suffering. The cross is beautiful because of what was accomplished on it—it became the place where the power of God, through the sacrifice of heaven’s holy offering, broke sin’s grip on mankind forever (Hebrews 9:15).
The Gospel causes us to be compelled by the beauty of the mission, the Gospel for all. In Romans 10:15, Paul quotes Isaiah 52:7, which says that the feet of those who bring good news are beautiful. In Greek the word beautiful means “belonging to the right hour or season, timely, wonderful, attractive, desirable”. Think of it—we are people with a beautiful mission to declare a beautiful message that is ever-timely and ever-treasured. Remember: When we are truly compelled by the beauty and grandeur of the Gospel, we will be able to share the beauty and grandeur of the Gospel in a truly compelling manner.