THE GOOD NEWS!
Who couldn’t use some good news with all the bad news we see and hear? In the midst of a difficult season for our families, City and nation the good news of Jesus rises up like a banner of hope!!
BUT FIRST, HERE’S THE BAD NEWS
The Bible, which we believe to be the very words of God says in Romans 3:23 “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” God has a standard and that standard is perfection. The standard is measured against His 10 commandments. It’s called the Law. The problem we have is we have all sinned and violated His standard of perfection-the 10 commandments. His commandments say we should not lie; we have all lied. It says we should not steal, we’ve all stolen, doesn’t matter the amount. It says we should not commit adultery. Jesus said if you look at a woman with lust in your heart, you’ve committed adultery. Who hasn’t done that? Because of that, we are guilty before a holy, righteous judge. We have all sinned in our words, thoughts or actions and James 2:10 says, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.”
Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death”. Ultimately, the payoff for Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden was death. Same for you and I. And because God is the ultimate in righteous, he must penalize sin. Because he is just, he cannot, “let it go” or act like it didn’t happen. No good judge would do that. A penalty must be levied. And that penalty is death.
NOW ON TO THE GOOD NEWS
Romans 5:8 “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
In the midst of our sinful condition, God did something about it. That’s what love does. It doesn’t sit by and let things go, it gets involved. Love compelled God to intervene. He did this by sending His Son, Jesus to come and live a perfect life you and I cannot live, then to take the ultimate punishment, death. Really, our punishment, since he never sinned in His words, thoughts or actions.
Romans 10:9 “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.
To confess means to “agree with”. It means to agree with God that we are sinners that have missed His mark of perfection as set in the Law. We are also agreeing with Him about what to do with our sin problem. If we believe that Jesus lived, died then rose from the dead and that he did it for us (Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God”) the apostle Paul then says we will be saved. From what? From the penalty of sin, which is death. Not physical but spiritual death or separation from God. All who truly believe in Him, repent of their sin, and trust in Him (rather than their own merit) are able to come back to God and live for eternity with their Creator.
We become His children. Adopted into the family of God. Our sins and transgressions are forgiven. We are free from the guilt and shame of our sin.
John 3:16, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
NOW THAT’S GOOD NEWS!
Please let us know if you have trusted Christ as your Savior. We would love to get in touch with you.