The Gospel

proclaim the good news

There is such a thing as truth and God, the creator and sustainer of all things, is its author.  His greatest truth is the gospel (“good news”) of Jesus Christ.  This gospel is an ageless anchor for hope that is always good and true behind everything else that is false and hurtful.  It is the good news of what God has done for his people through the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of his only son, Jesus Christ.  In the gospel alone is found the elusive peace and satisfaction we all hunger for.  (Psalm 26:3; 43:3; Isaiah 45:19; John 8:31-32; 14:6; 17:17; Acts 5:42; 13:32-33a; 17:18;  Hebrews 6:19-20)

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Now, if the gospel is truly good news, we must first understand the bad news.  We understand how good something is when we hold it up against how badeverything else is.  The bad news is that we are sinful people deserving eternal separation from God.  Not only do we “do bad things occasionally,” but the very core of who we are is corrupt – the fountain from which our lives flow is spiritually diseased.  (Psalm 51:5; Proverbs 4:23; Ecclesiastes 7:20; 9:3; Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:21-22; Romans 3:10-12)

God has created me and, as rightful King, has called me to love and serve him, but I have followed my heart and decided to love other things, including myself, far more than him.  I have consistently hurt God, myself, and others.  So we are all perpetrators and victims of this evil, living as rebels and enemies of God.  Now, if God is ‘good’ and God is ‘love’ then my sin cannot be justly overlooked; it cannot be swept under the carpet.   (Genesis 1:26-27; Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Joshua 24:14-15; Psalm 33:5; 139:13-16; Matthew 22:37-38)

This is the bad news – that we are sinful and have turned our back on the King.  Therefore, we are deserving of God’s justice and wrath, and we will receive the alienation from God that we have pursued.  Our lifetime of disobedience and rebellion will be rightfully rewarded with eternal damnation in hell.  (Job 27:8-10; Proverbs 17:15; Isaiah 53:6; 66:6; Jeremiah 17:10; Matthew 25:46; Romans 6:23).  But thankfully, there is more to this story…

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Tim Keller has said that “we are more flawed and sinful than we ever dared believe, yet we are more loved and accepted than we ever dared hope.”  Though it is impossible for me to wash away my own sins or change my own heart, God is merciful and has decided to extend grace to me.  (Nehemiah 9:19; Proverbs 20:9; Ezekiel 11:19; Romans 9:14-16; Ephesians 2:4)

While we have disobeyed the King and rightfully deserve punishment, the good news is that God has been merciful and has sent his son, Jesus Christ, to live and die on our behalf.  He has lived a perfect life, died our death, suffered our punishment, and was resurrected so that we could be reborn.  (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; 1 John 2:2)

Jesus was God but he was also a man.  He came and lived a perfectly righteous life.  He was always loving, always just, and always honoring to God.  Jesus had no sin to warrant punishment.

Yet, to glorify God, and out of love for us, Jesus Christ willingly died a horrible death on the cross so that his death could be in our place.  He was our substitute, taking all of our sin upon himself and suffering the wrath of God that we deserve.  (Psalm 103:10-13; Mark 1:11; Luke 23:40-41; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 2:14-18; 4:15; 1 John 4:10)

After Jesus was murdered he was then buried in a tomb, and on the third day he rose from the dead.  He not only died and suffered in our place, but he conquered sin and death and had victory so that we could also rise from the dead of our sin.  Jesus then ascended to heaven and now sits as king over the earth, where he calls mankind to put their faith in Him.  (Matthew 11:28-30; Mark 16:9; Ephesians 2:4-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17)

The promise of the gospel is that whoever believes this good news and places their faith (hope and trust) in Jesus will have eternal life that starts now (life with real joy, with real meaning, and with real love).  There is nothing we can do to earn this salvation – it is a free gift of God that must be humbly received.  Turn now from your sin and its deceitful promises.  Call upon Jesus to save you from your guilt, punishment, and bondage.  Start believing what Jesus has done for you.  Break the power of sin’s promises to kill and destroy by believing and trusting in the satisfying promises of God.  Begin reading the Bible to discover his truth which will set you free.  Find a Bible preaching church and begin to worship and grow with other people who treasure Jesus above all things.  (John 3:16; Romans 10:13; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 3:7; Titus 3:5; 2 Peter 1:3-4)