This video clip gives brief glimpses of real lives being transformed by God’s amazing grace:
While the message of the cross can transform our struggles like addictions, marital tensions, despair and financial distress, there are two potential issues a video like this one raises:
1) The first is that it could give the impression that through Jesus transformation always happens easily or quickly. While the gospel of Jesus may transform us dramatically in some areas of our life, there will undoubtedly be areas of our life where change takes much longer. For the Christian, change involves a life-long, daily battle undertaken by God’s grace.
2) A second issue is that as real as all of these problems are, they are only symptoms of a much bigger problem. The greatest issue we all face is our rebellion against God – hearts that are self-centred instead of God-centred. Our sin against God means we rightly deserve his anger towards us and judgement against us. Jesus came to release us from our sin and this judgement we deserve. The heart of the gospel which Christians believe, is that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3), as this next clip celebrates: