Gospel Means Good News

I Corinthians 15:3-4

"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures."

In the Bible, the word gospel is used to refer to the "good news" about Jesus and how we can spend eternity with Him.

I was thinking about situations where people say, "I have good news, and bad news.  Which do you want to hear first?"  Personally I prefer to get the bad news out of the way first, even when reading Scripture.

THE BAD NEWS
The bad news starts with the Law that was given in the Old testament.  Not just the 10 Commandments, but all 613 of them.  The Laws themselves are not bad news of course, but it is the fact that man cannot live up to the standard that the Law sets for us.  Even if we only used the 10 Commandments we would quickly see that we cannot live up to God's Holy standard.
More bad news is found when reading Romans 3:23 - "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." and the first part of Romans 6:23 - "The wages of sin is death..."  
Basically this means that all mankind sins, and that we do not live up to the holy standard of God.  It also means that what we have earned eternal separation from God.

THE GOOD NEWS
Despite the problem of sin and separation, God loves us too much to leave us without a solution.  
The Law is powerless to save us according to Romans 8:3-4, so God solved this problem by sending Jesus, His perfect Son to become sin for us (John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21).  Because Christ never sinned, He fulfilled the righteousness required by the Law.
This news becomes even better when you read Romans 5 and see that He did this despite us being powerless sinners; or Colossians 1 where we learn that we are alienated and enemies of God.  Furthermore, the second part of Romans 6:23 brings more good news when it teaches us that God is willing to give us the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. 

So what do we do with this news?  

That depends on you.

Have you already trusted in the Gospel?  Have you received the gift that God offered by allowing Christ to die, to be buried, and to have Him raised again the third day?  

If so, I encourage you to share this message with someone today? 

If not, then I would ask you to consider giving your life to Christ even now.  Pray to God and admit your sin to Him, admit that you have broken His laws and that you deserve eternal separation from Him.  Call upon the Name of the Lord and trust that the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is the only way to have eternal life. 
Keep in mind that the prayer is not what saves you.  We are only saved by grace through faith in Christ (check out Ephesians 2:8). 

If you have questions about the Good News of Jesus Christ, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask.  I love to talk about Him and what He has done for me.  

Also, if you decided to put your faith in Christ and become a follower of Him after reading this, I would love to hear from you.  

dbishop@icsbudapest.org