The Gospel

Good news is the kind of news that gives you some sort of hope. Good news! your favourite granny is coming to visit! Good news, you got the job you needed! Good news, someone went and paid off all your debts!

Does that last one sound far fetched? Who would possibly pay for all your debt? No one would go that far even for one person, and certainly not for innumerable people!

Here’s why the Bible calls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, “good news” (gospel): you have a debt that you could never pay, except with your life, but Jesus paid it for you!

Oh, you didn’t know you had a debt? That last breath you just took – did you thank God for it? Do you ever consider that you live in the sight of God? He made you, but you don’t want to hear about Him, ever. Why should you let anyone tell you what to do, least of all God?

Every human being has that same problem. We live as if God doesn’t exist. We use what He gives us, but hate to acknowledge Him. And it shows in how you live. Remember when you stole that thing that wasn’t yours to take? You knew it was wrong, but you found a way to make it seem right. How did you know it was wrong? Because your conscience tells you what God says is wrong. It’s how He made you.

The Bible tells us that when we go against the goodness of God and rebel against Him, that is sin. And because God is a just God, He cannot look the other way. You and I are sinners.

Good news! Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. If you will repent (own up to being a sinner, and ask God to forgive you and turn you around), and put your trust in Christ, Who died for the punishment of sinners, then you will have eternal life. You will have friendship with God, and meaning in life.

Can you afford to keep living as if God doesn’t exist? Can you really say you are happy to die without being reconciled to your heavenly Father?

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus’ Romans 8:1