16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
We have a king who was born of an unmarried woman in a manger stall. He was poor all his life and mocked by the kings of the earth as he lived out the majority of his life in the obscurity of a small Galilean village. After being beaten, spit upon and displayed for public scorn, he was executed by the most painful and publicly humiliating death imaginable. Christians preach that whoever looks to this King as Lord and Savior is forgiven of their sins and will spend eternity in glory on a new and sinless earth.
It isn’t hard to see how someone might be tempted to be ashamed of the gospel, which calls people to the worship of a king who suffered the scorn of a public crucifixion. But we are not ashamed of the gospel, because the righteousness and justice of God is revealed in the gospel.
The fact of the matter is that we all need a king who was crucified for us, because we are born deserving of the wrath of God. We have all suppressed the truth of God's authority over all the earth by sinning against him, and we are all without excuse.
The good news is that Jesus saves all those who trust in him. He lived the perfect life that we have not lived. He suffered the wrath of God that we deserve. He rose from the dead conquering sin and death. And he is now seated at the right hand of his Father, making intercession for all those who trust in him. This truth is not something to be ashamed of, “for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”