What’s the Good News?
The Gospel literally means:
We will never understand why there is “Good News” unless we understand what happened to us. If I told you I have good medicine that would save your life, you would probably respond, “Why does my life need saving?” It is not difficult to see that we need good news. But why? What has created our need for the Gospel, for this Good news? There are a few things for us to believe first before we can believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
God stands as the supreme Judge of all the earth (Psalm 94:2)
The Bible says we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10).
Since we were created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26), we were blessed with the privilege to honor God with our bodies and minds. The problem is that we lost that privilege when we sinned against God in the Garden of Eden. Ever since Adam and Eve rebelled against God, both men and women continue down that same path, a path of disobedience. Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
We stand condemned because of our sin against God (Rom. 5:18)
Sin literally means missing the mark. Out of God’s love for His glory and love for our good, the Judge of all the earth set up a standard for us to live by so that we might have life.
The problem is that none of us have kept that good and beneficial standard. We have missed the mark. But missing the mark is more than just failure. Missing the mark results in death (Rom. 6:23). Being condemned means that we rightfully get what we deserve–death. Just as we want justice for the murderer and the rapist, so we want God to be just when it comes to a crime greater than injustice against man, injustice against a holy Creator.
Christ stands in our place as a substitute for our sin (2 Cor. 5:21)
This is the Good News, the Gospel! Even though we deserve death and eternal condemnation because we have rebelled against our Judge, out of God’s great love for His people He sent His Son to die for our sins (1 John 4:10).
The Bible says God made Christ to be sin even though He did not sin (2 Cor. 5:21a). He became our substitute. In many movies today the hero often sacrifices his life for the people. Christ sacrificed His life for us. He did this that we might become the “righteousness of God.” There is a great exchange that takes place at cross. God gives us Christ’s righteousness. And God gives Christ our sins. Righteousness for sin. And sin for righteousness. Glory to God!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news that Jesus saves sinners by His death on the cross and resurrection from the grave. He gives us His righteousness while we give Him our sin. This is salvation. Are you saved?