The Good News.
The Best News!
Our news broadcasts, our newspaper reporting, our general outlook on the world is not so good, to put it politely. Wars rage, conspiracy theories abound, racism and hatred still permeate our world.
And yet we know that Jesus came to die on the cross for our sins that whosoever would believe in him could be saved and have eternal life (John 3:16). I know you probably knew that news. If you’ve been a Christian for a while, you’ve heard it preached about and quoted constantly. In fact, you may have heard it so often that the good news is not the best news any more. It’s gotten replaced by the news of a job promotion, or that your house finally sold, or that a new baby was on the way. All of those are great reasons to celebrate, but none of them compare to the best news…the gospel. Mark Batterson, in his book “All In,” has said it best:
“The moment you bow your knee to the lordship of Jesus Christ, all of your sin is transferred to Christ’s account and paid in full. It was nailed to the cross two thousand years ago! But that’s only half the gospel. Mercy is NOT getting what we deserve- the wrath of God. Grace is getting what you DON’T deserve- the righteousness of Christ. Everything you’ve done wrong is forgiven and forgotten. And everything Christ did right- His righteousness- is transferred to your account. And then God calls it even.
It’s like God says, ‘I’ll take the blame for everything you did wrong and give you credit for everything I did right.’ It doesn’t get any better than that, and that’s why it’s called the gospel. It’s not just good news. It’s the best news.”
Take the time today to really let the gospel sink deep into your heart and soul. Don’t just tritely memorize scripture or say a few prayers of thanksgiving and think that the gospel has made a difference in your life. Meditate on the immeasurable sacrifice Jesus made on your behalf and remember… the gospel has, is, and always will be the BEST news.