Jesus is the answer
He lives. He rose from the dead.
He sets us free from Satan, our own failures, and from religious and political ‘correctness’.
……and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus
And he strengthens and comforts us as we endure a crazy and dysfunctional world.
The ‘good news’ of Christianity is also known by the Anglo-Saxon word “gospel” or the Greek word “evangelion”εὐαγγέλιον.
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This is the “good news”.
The world is a place of struggle and death. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
All pay with physical and spiritual death (total loss of life) as a consequence. This death is eternal.
Jesus died on the cross to redeem our lives – to pay for our sin.
God redeemed us through Jesus freely (because of God’s grace and love), not because we deserved it in any way.
We receive this redemptive payment through our own personal faith when we turn to follow Jesus.
Therefore, our life is restored to us now as a new inner reality. Our physical death cannot take it away because it will be followed eventually by a new eternal life in a new physical reality.
This amazing plan and promise is unfolded in historical narrative, diverse literature and the lives of nations and people as we go through the Bible. Examining the life and teaching of Jesus brings it all together.
Essentially, this good news is taught throughout the New Testament in passages such as
21But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished 26 — he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Romans 3:21-26
We are not all redeemed.
Where there’s good news, there is also bad news.
Since not everyone turns to Jesus to live by faith, not everyone is redeemed.
2 Thessalonians 1:9 “They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might”
We Must Make a Choice
Sitting on the fence is not an option with God.
Revelation 3:16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth
Jesus is the only way
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
What would you do with such news?
Christians PROSELYTISE! They tell others both the good & the bad news.
The good news explained in other ways
There are a number of ways that Christians systematise and describe this good news. The breathtaking nature of what Jesus has done and what he offers is extremely difficult to communicate entirely, and short-cuts are often taken. Here are some attempts to communicate the good news :
What should I do?
I understand, I am alone, and I want to follow Jesus
If you do want to do something about this but don’t know what to do, we suggest you
- speak to God and tell him what you understand.
- ask him to show you how to follow Jesus
2. Get a Bible and read.
- Start with the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
- Speak to God over and over about the things you don’t understand and keep going back to the gospels.
3. Find Bible-believing Christians
- speak with them.
- Spend time with them
4. Be Patient
- This may take some time (or your entire life) depending on where you are.
- Ask God to help you
- Keep reading on-line material such as this website.