The story is told of a man who approached a minister one day and asked, “Preacher, what do I have to do to be saved?” The minister responded, “It’s too late. You can’t do anything! Jesus has already done it all. You only need to believe.”
The Bad News is that you and I are sinners. Deep down, most people understand this. We know that we’ve done wrong things that we can never make right. Jesus taught that it’s even worse than we thought. Not only have we done wrong things but we’ve thought wrong things. Jesus taught that just thinking jealously, or lustfully, or vengefully is sin. Jesus goes on to say that “No one is righteous except God.” If you want to be right with God, you can’t do it through your own effort; no one has ever done enough. This is Bad News.
The Good News is that God knows we are sinners and that there is nothing we can do to fix this. This doesn’t freak Him out, rather it propels Him to action. Because He loves people, He sent His Son Jesus, from heaven to earth to do the work we could never do for ourselves. Jesus came to earth, lived a sinless life, and paid off our sin-debt through his sacrifice on the cross. At one time, humanity was without hope – there was no way for our guilt and shame to be dealt with or our future punishment to be avoided. It was hopeless. But Jesus provides hope for forgiveness from sin. His forgiveness removes guilt, erases shame, and secures our future. This is the Gospel and we call it the Good News.
If you’ve been forgiven by Jesus, take some time to express your gratitude for what He’s done for you today. A thankful heart is a healthy heart. Live a life of faith that reflects the work of Christ in you.
If you’ve never asked Jesus to forgive you of sin, you can do so right now. You may be bogged down by sin. I assure you, the quickest way to find forgiveness is to admit you are a sinner. Don’t try to work it off, simply but your faith in what Jesus did for you. Let Him pay off your sin debt. Move forward with faith in God.