Good News

Who doesn’t love good news?

Apparently, quite a few people.

The good news of the gospel is something rejected by millions which is, of course, their choice. However, for many it hasn’t yet been a matter of choice because they haven’t really heard what the good news is.

What it isn’t, is a need to join a religious denomination. It’s entirely about a living and vibrant relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Imagine it for a moment if you don’t already have such a relationship. The ability to communicate with the Creator, to know His direction for your life, to have a sense of peace when your circumstances are overwhelming, to be connected to God. Most of all, to have the complete assurance as an eternal being that you will spend that eternity with Him in Heaven.

While people have often made the gospel complicated, it’s really a very simple message.

If we start from the point of man, it’s easy to see why the gospel is so necessary. Have you ever met a perfect person? I’m talking about a really perfect person--one who has never once lied, been proud, acted only out of self-interest, been greedy when there was an opportunity for generosity. You get the idea. You may have known some very good and kind people but would you consider any of them perfect?

“For ALL have sinned; ALL fall short of God’s glorious standard.” 
Romans 3: 23

It’s those things we do, so much a part of our basic human nature, which God calls sin. Sin isn’t a popular word and certainly most people don’t like to think of themselves as sinners. Or if they do, somehow their sins are excusable and justifiable.

However, that’s not the way God sees it. Sin, embedded in all of us, is a form of living death. Not only does it affect us adversely in our daily lives but it most certainly separates us from God without some intervention.

Thousands of years ago the answer was to offer a sacrifice to atone for sin. Men would approach the Temple of God with something of value and it would be a form of penance for their sins.
God had a better plan though and it’s based on His enormous love and mercy.

He decided to do away with such a system and instead sent a form of Himself, Jesus Christ His Son. The plan was that Jesus would be the final sacrifice for the sins of mankind. He would pay the price, or take the punishment, for the sins of humanity with His death. What was then required of man was to quite simply repent (to turn from) of sin and accept the offer of redemption given by Christ with His death.

“Yet now God in His gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed His blood, sacrificing His life for us.” Romans 3: 24-25

Without getting bogged down in theology, that’s a pretty simple message:

I am not perfect, therefore, I am a sinner.

I confess this and with a heartfelt choice to be different, I accept the redemption (salvation, rescue, deliverance) of Jesus Christ.

This is the part of a relationship with God that’s a non-negotiable. He is the One who has made the standard and because He’s the One in charge of things, it’s up to us to consider and make the choice.

Think of it. With this choice made sincerely, you get life.

If a doctor told you an operation would guarantee your life, would the choice be all that difficult to make?

The offer Jesus Christ makes is even more guaranteed. With salvation comes eternal life. Not just a few extra years but eternal life.

It’s really pretty simple.

“For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” 
Romans 10: 9