The Gospel isn’t attractive because it’s pretty! The Gospel is attractive because it is the truth that can save, heal, deliver and keep my soul from a burning hell!
To illustrate: What is attractive about "the old rugged cross"? In the natural? Absolutely nothing! In the natural, "the old rugged cross" is repugnant, repulsive, horrific!
At "the old rugged cross", Jesus, The Way - The Truth - The Life, became ROAD KILL for sinners like you and me. Jesus, with His death on the cross, paid the TOLL, so that we can travel on the Highway of Holiness (Isaiah 35:8).
What your sins and mine did to the Son of God on the old rugged cross is cruel and shameful to the millionth power! (1 Peter 2:24)
And yet, because He is "the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29), He willingly and voluntarily submitted Himself to the will of the Father and laid down His life for us all at "the old rugged cross," once and for all, and paid in full ("It is finished!") with His sinless life so that whosoever will may come and drink freely from the water of life! (Revelation 22:17)
I can’t leave out the next part: because He Himself is without sin (Hebrews 4:15), death could not hold Him, and He did rise again, on the third day, just as He said, and He is alive forever and fully equipped ("All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth." – Matthew 28:18) to give to all who receive Him the gift of eternal life! (Romans 6:23, Hebrews 7:25)
"Hallelujah! What a Savior!"
– Rev. Murray N. Brown, Jr.
Executive Director (1989-present)
"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." - The Apostle Paul, Galatians 6:14