What is the Good News of Jesus Christ?
The term ‘gospel’ refers to a message of hope. Something really good to hear. This message has been handed down through the generations. It’s not a fable or some mystical superstition or secret code. It is something to be announced widely and publicly. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a great and joyful message. It’s all about the historical person of Jesus who is the God-Man, the Christ sent from God into this world. Who he is, why he came, what he did, and what he promises to those who believe in him.
Certain and undeniable events have taken place in history. Men and women witnessed Jesus first hand. His disciples recorded what they saw him do and what he said. You can read these accounts in the New Testament scriptures.
Read what Jesus did
Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. Luke 4:40
And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all. Luke 6:19
Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying,”A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” Luke 7:16
He raised the dead, he showed his power over all nature, he fed thousands of people from a little lunch. He showed us that he is God come from heaven.
Listen to what Jesus said
“I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God… for I was sent for this purpose.” Luke 4:43
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10
“See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” Luke 18:31-33
The only way for God to save us from the punishment of our sin and to restore our hearts to love him and glorify him, was for some innocent one to take our place and bear away all the weight of agony and death on our behalf. Who could do such a thing? Who could have the power for that? Who could be so precious a sacrifice to pay that price? Only Jesus could fulfill that task. “Thanks be to God that he demonstrated his own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:8. On the third day after his death, Jesus Christ came fully alive again in his body and was seen by many witnesses. He ascended into heaven and has been given all authority in heaven and on the earth.
Jesus paid it all
God’s promise is clear and paid in full. Pardon is freely offered to all on the basis of Christ’s death and resurrection. The Gospel calls everyone to turn away from their sin in repentance, and to take God at his word, believing in the promise of God by faith, they will be immediately and completely forgiven and will be adopted into his family. He will be their God and they will be his people[