The gospel message is that God is a Holy God and we have rebelled against Him. He made us to be in a relationship with Him. But we have all said, “God, no thanks. I don’t want you. I want your stuff instead. I don’t want your way. I want my way.” God being a holy God can’t let sin go unpunished. So Jesus came to take the punishment for our sins—to seek and to save those who are lost through His death on the cross. Through the cross, three things happened. One, the people of God would be saved, the justice of God would be satisfied, and the love of God would be revealed. We are never more like Jesus than when we are taking this message to our lost friends.