There is no greater message of hope and love to be heard than that which we call the Gospel. The Gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and I am not. And at the end of my life, I’m going to stand before a just and holy God, and I’ll be judged. I’ll be judged either on the basis of my own righteousness – or lack of it – or the righteousness of another. The good news of the Gospel is that Jesus Christ lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I could not possibly do for myself. But not only has He lived that life of perfect obedience, He offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God.
In other words, the ‘good news’ is that:
- The one and only God who is holy made us in his image to know him. (Genesis 1:26-28)
- But we sinned and cut ourselves off from him. (Genesis 3; Romans 3:23)
- In his great love, God became a man in Jesus, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law himself and taking on himself the punishment for the sins of all those who would ever turn from their sin and trust in him. (John 1:14; Hebrews 7:26; Romans 3:21-26, 5:12-21)
- He rose again from the dead, showing that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us had been exhausted. (Acts 2:24; Romans 4:25)
- He now calls us to repent of our sins and trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness. (Acts 17:30; John 1:12).
- If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God. (John 3:16).
- He is gathering one new people to himself – the Church – among all those who submit to Christ as Lord. (Matthew 16:15-19; Ephesians 2:11-19).
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