In this day and age with bad news, wars and negative media, we love to hear good news. The best news that could ever be shared with another is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “Gospel” means good news. The “good news” of Jesus is very simple but it takes some points of understanding on our part for us to be able to respond to it.
1. “All have sinned” (Romans 3:23) It is very important for us to understand that we are all sinners and we desperately need a Savior to save us from our sins. Much like someone who has fallen overboard on a boat in the sea. This person desperately needs someone to save them. They are in desperate need.
2. We have by our sins “fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) In other words, our sin separates us from God and there is no way to get to heaven with this problem we have. In fact, in Romans 6:23 the Bible tells us that we deserve death for our sins. This is speaking of eternal death. This desperate need must be dealt with drastically.
3. God provided His Son, Jesus Christ, to deal with this sin problem.(John 3:16) Jesus came to this earth to die for our sins. He lived a sinless life for 33 years and then He willingly went to the cross to shed his blood to wash away our sins. “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.” (Hebrews 9:22) Three days after His death, He rose again, just like He promised and later ascended up to heaven where He is today.
4. It is imperative we understand that Jesus is God and that Jesus alone is the only way to heaven and to have our sins forgiven. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” In other words, there is nothing that we can do on our own--not giving, being kind, going to church, etc.—to bring salvation from our sins. Ephesians 2:8,9 sums it up clearly, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Our response to the facts above should be sorrow for our sins and turning away from them, as well as belief in Jesus. Romans 10:9,10 says, "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Today, turn to God for your sins to be forgiven. Tell Him that you are a sinner in desperate need of Him. Tell Him that you believe in Jesus' death, burial and resurrection and ask Him to save you from your sins.
If you have responded to this "good news", please let us know of this life changing decision.