Good news is not something we are familiar with in today’s world. Our local papers and media, do a good job at keeping us informed about the bad news across the world. The phrase it’s too good to be true is one we use so often when confronted by sales representative on the phone or at the door. And more often than not this phrase rings true by the time they have finished their sales speech.
The word GOSPEL that is often referred to by Christians literally means God’s good news. What is so good about the gospel? Is it too good to be true or is it too true to ignore? We are going to use the following acrostic to simply share the good news:
The gospel beings with God. The first words in the Bible are “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). God created all things and say that they were good. Male and female (Adam, Eve) were created in God’s image and they had a relationship with their creator God.
God give man one command, to not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Satan who was and is a deceiver, twisted the character and command of God that was given to man and deceived them into eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In doing so the Bible says their eyes were opened to good and evil. Sin entered the human race through our representatives the first Adam and Eve and in that this sin nature has passed on through the human race.
The Bible says “we have all sinned” (Romans 3:23). This is not a subject that people like talking about, but if we pause for a moment and think over our lives, we would see we have all told lies, maybe stolen something, taken God’s name as a curse word, had ungodly thoughts toward others in lust or anger or hatred. The truth is if our lives (inner thoughts) were put on a screen for the world to see, we would all hide in shame. The Bible say “No creature is hidden from his sight but are naked and expose to the eye of him to whom we must give an account” (Hebrews 4:13). Our sin has separated us from God, make a relationship with our creator impossible by ourselves because he is pure, holy and just and we are not. Our greatest dilemma is not so much that we are sinners but that we have sinned against a just and Holy God who cannot turn a blind eye to sin. Someone who stands guilty in a courtroom has some hope if the Judge is corrupt and can be bribed with money. We will stand before a just judge, our lives will be the witness against us, and the sentence we face because of our sin is eternal punishment in hell.
Our greatest dilemma brings our greatest comfort. There is no way we can earn forgiveness with God. The Bible says “our righteous acts are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6) before a Holy God. If we are going to receive forgiveness of our sin, God must act first on our behalf to reconcile us back to himself. He did just that through Jesus on the Cross. The Bible says “in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself not counting their trespasses against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19). Jesus who never sinned paid on the cross the sin of the world to make it possible for sinful people like you and I to be reconciled back to God. Sin Separates, Christ reconciles.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes on him shall not perish but have eternal life”. Whoever believes is an open statement, it means it’s open to everyone. Jesus said “the Kingdom of God is at hand repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). If you truly believe that Jesus died for your sin and through Jesus death you can receive forgiveness the most natural thing to do is to turn to God in repentance. Repentance means a change of mind. It is our acknowledgment that we have wronged God in our sin and so we repent of our sin and turn to God through Christ. This forgiveness is for everyone who avails of it through repenting and believing in Christ.
Life to most people consists of the space of time between birth and death. Jesus said “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). The “they” Jesus was referring to was everyone who put their trust in him. They would receive life and have it abundantly. Becoming a follower of Jesus does not mean that your life will be perfect and you will get everything you every wanted, it does mean however that you will have life more abundantly because you will be connected to the true source of life; God.
John 3:16 says whoever believes in Jesus has eternal life. What is eternal life? In John 17:3 Jesus tells us as he is praying to the Father, “And this is eternal life, that they may know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you sent”. Eternal life is not just something that we look forward to, it’s much more. It’s a life here on earth that has been restored to fellowship with its creator through Jesus death on the cross. The Gospel; God, Our, Sin, Paid, Everyone, Life.
The cross speaks of God’s loves for you, his willingness to see your sins forgiven, and his desire to see you come home.
“We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew on sin, so that in him we might become the righteous of God”. 2 Corinthians 5: 20, 21
** Readers Note: If, after reading this Gospel message, you have put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, we invite you to contact us and we would be happy to send you further information that would help you in your walk with the Lord.