What Is the Good News?

Published on Apr 1st, 2015 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
What Is the Good News?

What Is the Good News?

The word gospel means good news or glad tidings.  But what exactly is the good news?  Is the good news simply that we are forgiven of our sins?  The problem with that is I can be forgiven of my sins and still die, be put in the ground, and be nothing but worm food.  What good does forgiveness of sins do if we simply die and are buried?  So is the good news that we will live forever?  They have done movies about people who live forever.  They always portray those people bored and almost longing to be able to die.  So the good news must be that we live forever in heaven?  Maybe, but what if heaven is really boring?  What if, let’s say, after 15 million years we are tired of every good thing in heaven?  What about the next 15 million years?  Will we be bored out of our minds?  The good news cannot simply be that you are saved but it must be that you are saved to something great, awesome, unbelievable (you fill in the word).  The good news is that we are saved from our sin, to Jesus.  He is the good news.  He is the ultimate and only real joy giver.  He is the source of life.  He is the only true purpose.  He is our reward.

Paul says it this way, “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph 3:8) and “so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:7).  When Jesus shares a parable and says “enter into the joy of your master” (Matt 25:21), he is teaching us that the source of joy is God not simply the riches of heaven. Jesus Christ is so unsearchable and immeasurable that all of eternity will be spent learning and glorying in who he is.

That is the good news.  I rejoice in the forgiveness of my sins.  I have great hope because of my eternal future in heaven.  But, if I do not find my greatest joy and hope in Jesus, I will become complacent and bored in my walk with Christ.  If I believe my reward is simply the riches and peace of heaven, then that is what I will find most satisfying here on earth.  I will seek those things above seeking Christ himself.  If I believe that Christ is my true reward then I will seek a deeper and fuller relationship with him each day.  As I seek him, he promises to be found, and as he is found, I am never bored and always joyfully satisfied.  Jesus is the source of my salvation.  He is the means of my salvation.  He is the goal of my salvation.  That is really good news.

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