The most important news in all the world is the Gospel (“good news”) of Jesus Christ.

This news starts with who God is. He is the Creator of all in the heavens and on the earth (Genesis 1:1) and He is holy (Isaiah 6:3), perfect (Matthew 5:48), and just (Psalm 50:6), but also a God of love (1 John 4:8).

The problem, however, is our sin: lying, stealing, lust, greed, gossip, hatred, as well as a host of others things in opposition to God (Romans 3:10,23). Our sins separate us from a right relationship with this holy God who cannot look upon sin with approval (Isaiah 59:2). And our sin provokes the wrath of Almighty God (Romans 1:18). No one will be able to escape this wrath; we cannot even earn the approval from God by good works because our greatest works are like a polluted garment (Isaiah 64:6).  No one is good enough to merit salvation because if we have broken just one part of the law it is as if we have broken the whole thing (James 2:10).

     So what is the only hope of being made right in the eyes of a holy and righteous God?  

                                   The Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Because God loved His people so much and wanted to glorify Himself, He sent Jesus, who is fully God and fully man, down from heaven to earth. He was born of the virgin Mary and conceived by the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23) and He lived a perfectly sinless life while He was on earth (Hebrews 4:15). Then, in God’s appointed time, Jesus was crucified on the cross to bear the sins of God’s people (2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24),  to suffer the wrath of God in their place (Romans 3:25), and die under the curse of God (Galatians 3:13) in their place.

Then on the third day God raised Him from the dead.  This was like a divine “receipt” to show that the debt had been paid in full for all it was intended for (Luke 22:34; 1 Corinthians 15:4). After 40 days of being on the earth after His resurrection, He ascended to heaven and sat down on the right of God the Father, signifying that the work of saving his people was finished.

                                                How is this news applied to you?  

                      How does the the death and resurrection of Jesus become yours?

The answer is through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (Mark 1:15; Acts 20:21).

Repentance is turning away from your sin. It is a desire to turn away from the things that were formerly in rebellion against God.  And now you have a new desire towards sin; instead of loving it, you now hate it.

Faith is no longer trusting in yourself for your salvation, in your ability to be a good person and please God. Instead you put all of your trust in Jesus Christ and what He did on that cross. It was his death in our place that saves us, not our failing attempts to be good.

Unless you repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone, the wrath of God will fall on you (John 3:36). But if you repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, God will forgive your sins, declare you to be righteous in His eyes, adopt you into His family, and grant to you everlasting life. This is a promise of God from his holy Word.

                   So the only question which remains is: what will you do with this news?