The Gospel!

(Octavius Winslow, "Morning Thoughts")

The gospel is the master-work of Jehovah, presenting the greatest display of His manifold wisdom, and the most costly exhibition of the riches of His grace. In constructing it He would seem to have summoned to His aid all the resources of His own infinity . . .
   His fathomless wisdom,
   His boundless love,
   His illimitable grace,
   His infinite power,
   His spotless holiness
  all contributed their glory, and conspired to present it to the universe as the most consummate piece of Divine workmanship!

The revelations it makes,
the facts it records,
the doctrines it propounds,
the effects is produces
proclaim it to be the "glorious gospel of the blessed God."

We live encircled by shadows . . .
  our friends are shadows,
  our comforts are shadows,
  our supports are shadows,
  our pursuits are shadows, and
  we ourselves are shadows passing away.

But in the precious gospel we have substance, we have reality, we have that which remains with us when all other things disappear, leaving the soul desolate, the heart bleeding, and the spirit bowed in sorrow to the dust.

But the gospel . . .
   guides our perplexities,
   mitigates our griefs,
   sanctifies our sorrows,
   heals our wounds,
   dries our tears,
because it leads us to . . .
   the love,
   the tenderness,
   the sympathy,
   the grace of Jesus.

The gospel . . .
   reveals Jesus,
   speaks mainly of Jesus,
   leads simply to Jesus,
and this makes it "glad tidings of great joy," to a poor, lost, ruined, tried, and tempted sinner!