The Gospel: The Gifts of Jesus or Jesus Himself

I have spent most of the day today working on a message that I am going to be preaching tomorrow.  This has been one of the hardest and most weightiest messages that I have ever felt led to preach.  It focuses on the question:

If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you have ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Jesus Christ was not there?

This is a very tough question that each one of us needs to evaluate.  This gets to the very heart of our gospel: Is the gospel the gifts and blessings of Jesus or Jesus Christ Himself? 

My hope and prayer is that God will use this message through the power of the Holy Spirit to open hearts, minds, and lives to the relational nature of Jesus Christ who is the gospel!