Everybody loves good news. The good news of an engagement, a pregnancy, a clean bill of health, a sudden salary boost. And certainly, the list goes on and on. Well, here's the best good news anyone can receive...
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVETH in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
- John 3:16
“I declare unto you the gospel ... that Christ died for our sins ... that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day”
What is the good news?
God's Son died for you.
Sin is rebellion against what is right. Have you ever told a lie? Ever stolen anything? Ever been angry at someone? Ever used God's name as a cuss word?
These are only a few examples but if we're honest with ourselves, we're all guilty of these moral failures, called sin. If a person is guilty of one sin then they have broken God's law.
For instance, in your neighborhood, there is probably a posted speed limit sign. There are many ways to break the speed limit: I could go 10 over, 20 over, or I could even go too far under. In the end, I still broke the speed limit and therefore I broke the law.
"All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
Because we have broken God's moral law we are guilty of sin.
"For the wages of sin is death..." (Romans 6:23)
"Death" means eternal separation from God and all the goodness of God!
The GOOD NEWS is that God does not leave it up to us to figure out how we can be forgiven for our sins. God sent His only begotten Son to be our substitute. Christ took the punishment of sin so that the world would not have to.
God's Son was buried for you.
The burial of Christ is as important as His death. His death paid the penalty for sin. His burial promises that the work is finished and the punishment is buried away never to be seen again.
For the person who puts their faith in Jesus Christ alone, their sins will be forgotten and buried away.
God's Son lives for you.
After Christ died, He did not stay dead. This assures us that His sacrifice was accepted! Christ has defeated death and sin, once and for all. And God promises forgiveness of sin and everlasting life for all those who put their faith in His Son.
Repentance means changing your mind. God requires that we change our mind about sin and see sin as He sees it.
Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day. And He is waiting on you to call on Him to be your Savior.
Salvation is a free gift from God that must be received. Call on the name of Jesus Christ and receive Him, by faith, as your personal Savior.
A Simple Prayer for a Sinner
Bow your head and pray, "Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I confess that in my sin, I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus Christ alone is able to save me. Jesus, I call on you to save me from the penalty of sin, and I trust in you to provide me with eternal life. Amen."
"by grace are ye saved through faith"