The Greatest News You’ve Ever Heard
The Gospel is the greatest news any of us will ever hear. Quite simply what Jesus Christ came to give humanity was good news for us.
Mark 1:14–15 says, “Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.’”
The Greek word translated “Gospel” is euaggélion. It literally means “good news.” It’s used seventy-seven times in the New Testament. The word has another slight derivation, euaggelízō, which means to evangelize, or proclaim the good news. It’s used fifty-five times in the New Testament.
So, what is the Good News?
The Good News is that when we trust God’s grace to save us through Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross, our sins are forgiven and we are promised an eternal home in heaven. Now, isn’t that the best news you can possibly imagine?
John 3:16–17 gives fully describes the Good News: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Friends, even in your sin, you are loved! You don’t have to perish in hell and the entire wrath that comes with it. You can have everlasting life. God wants to save you.
You might ask why do people refuse to accept this Good News?
The great preacher D.L. Moody put it this way, “There are three classes of people who will not accept salvation—those who neglect it, those who refuse it, and those who despise it.” In my view people who refuse it either have an inadequate view of how heinously offensive sin is to God. Or, they have an inadequate view of the severity of God’s judgment of sinners. Or, they have an abysmal view of heaven. People who understand these three things also know the Gospel is the greatest news they’ve ever heard. People who don’t unfortunately need to think carefully about their future, not just tomorrow, but their eternity.
Unfortunately people think they can just do it themselves.—they can’t.
Some people think their sin is too bad for God to forgive—It isn’t.
Remember, “God so loved…He doesn’t want anyone to perish.”
The Gospel—the life, death and resurrection—of Jesus Christ is the greatest news you will ever hear. The Gospel is all-powerful. It can save anyone who believes, as Paul wrote in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” The Gospel is for everyone. It frees you from condemnation and opens up an eternity in heaven with God.
Is it the greatest news you’ve ever heard?