Deep and Wide! Deep and Wide! There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide!
So goes the children’s Sunday School song. The fountain is the Gospel. It is the shed blood of Christ that washes away sin, offering hope, deliverance, redemption and life to poor sinners like me. The glorious Gospel, God’s love for us, deeper than we can imagine, wider than we can comprehend. It is the Good News, “good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.”
And, how do I respond to this amazing gift of God?
The Gospel is deep. It encompasses the profundity of God’s love and the unfathomable reaches of His mercy and grace. It also satisfies His justice. The truth of the Gospel works itself out in the lives of all men. To the unbeliever, the message of the cross is foolishness. To the elect, it is the power of God, the wisdom of God. That’s depth. I am a trivia nut. I love “gee-whiz facts.” You might say I have a wideness to my knowledge. I know a little bit about alot of things, but not a whole lot about any one thing. Dare I trivialize this Gospel? I confess that I have barely scratched the surface.
The Gospel is wide. The work of Christ touches all of life. Even the heavens declare His glory! So often, I only see what is right in front of my face. Frequently, my view of the Savior is narrow and myopic, crowded out by the cares and concerns of daily life. Lord, that I would live my life with the vastness of the Gospel cemented as truth in my mind and heart! After all, isn’t it true that “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness”?
I want to know the Gospel in all of its fullness. There is a fountain flowing, deep and wide.
By His Grace,
Terrie van Baarsel
(Quoted: Luke 2:10, 2 Peter 1:3 respectively; Also see: I Corinthians 1:18, 24; Romans 1:16, 3:24,25; Galatians 3:13; Ephesians 3:18-20)