The Good News of the Gospel
Created by God
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth … And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:1,31
Before our world began there was God. It was God who said, “Let there be light”. He created the earth and caused the planets to spin into space. It was God who made the flying creatures and swimming creatures, who made all the animals who live on the land. The pinnacle of God’s creation was one special man and one special woman. They were special because there had never been anything like them before. Physically perfect and innocent of all evil, they lived together in a garden planted by God Himself.
“Sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” Romans 5:12
Because God created the world, He was the one who made the rules. Initially there was only one rule, but still man managed to break it. God cast the man and woman out of the garden He planted and made them to work the soil for their food. With sin came death, old age and infirmity, sickness and disease. God’s creation was no longer ‘very good’, it was broken and there was nobody to fix it.
Because of Sin
“there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:22,23
We don’t become sinful by doing wrong, we do wrong because we are born already sinful. God’s standards are very high and even those society regards as ‘good people’ are not good enough for God. Because the first man sinned, that tendency to sin passed down to all his children. No amount of good works can balance out our failure. It’s as if Mother Theresa was caught speeding. Just because she’s Mother Theresa, doesn’t mean she shouldn’t pay. But the cost of sin is greater than a speeding ticket. The penalty for sin is death.
Jesus Died For You
“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Although it is God who judges us, and it is God’s own holiness that makes us unacceptable to Him, He still showed His love for us. He sent Jesus to die in our place. Just as in ancient times, a lamb or dove was sacrificed as a temporary measure to remove sin and God’s anger against us. So, Jesus was sacrificed, to once and for all remove our sin and God’s anger against us.
“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” John 3:18
Jesus described Himself as the way, or the gate. He is the only means by which we can approach God and live. If we accept Jesus as God and make Him our Lord, then our sin is removed, and we have peace with God. This earth will be the only hell we ever know. If we do not receive Jesus, then we carry on the same. In this life we may know moments of happiness, but this earth is the only heaven we will ever see.
Jesus Will Return
“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory … But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Mark 13:26,32
God’s creation is still broken, and He doesn’t plan to fix it. Jesus has promised to return. When He does, He will sort those who love and serve Him from those who hate and reject Him. Then He will destroy this broken creation and there will be a new heaven and earth for those who love Him to enjoy with Him forever. God will dwell again with man, and all who rejected Him will be cast away.
Commit your life to Him
If you have never responded to Jesus as God and made Him your Lord, don’t wait. You can also re-commit your life to Him. Respond today by praying to God with words like these:
“Dear God, who created all things, thank you for sending Jesus to die for me.
I admit I have lived my own way, but today I turn from that way of life and surrender to You.
I acknowledge Jesus as my God and my Lord. Please forgive me my sins and come into my life.
Thank you, Father, amen.”
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