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Sun, Mar 31 2013 - 06:27 PM

330 GOOD NEWS

Mark
16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to
every creature.

I was
all set to take another strip off the church bashing crowd this week but the
Lord would have me give you this one instead. I like bashing the church
bashers, too. They are picking on God’s people and my brothers but every time I
get excited and wound up, God cautions me because He loves them too and does
not want me to hurt them too badly.

Last
Sunday our Sunday school teacher asked the question; ‘What is the gospel or
good news we are commanded to preach?’ He waited a few seconds, then told us he
did not want an answer but wanted us to think about his question and answer him
the next Sunday school day. I knew the answer but I wanted him to fulfill his
lesson and told him after the class had left. His comment startled me; everyone
knows Jesus is the answer but hardly anyone knows what the ‘good news’ is.

What
did Jesus’ death on the cross do and why is it good news?

I have
seen and listened to Christians promote their Christianity, condemn the actions
of the wicked and claim the difference was because they had accepted Jesus as
their lord. OK, so what does that mean?

I have
seen some very good living atheists and some very bad living Christians. Did
Jesus die to give us an unconditional and irrevocable one-way-ticket to heaven
and those who won’t associate with us a one-way-ticket to hell? That’s not good
news; that’s unequal favouritism.

Philippians
2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence
only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear
and trembling.

Philippians
tells us to work out our own salvation, so, maybe Jesus died to give us a
chance to work our way to heaven, like the Jehovah’s Witnesses? And, if we
don’t work hard enough to please God, would we be rejected? That’s not good
news.

I am
always hearing the phrase ‘Jesus saves’ or ‘Jesus is the answer’ so, I did a
word search for these two phrases and they are NOT in the Bible. Not only that
but both statements are incomplete; Jesus saves what and Jesus is the answer to
what question?

Then I
have seen ‘Christian’ people struggling for world peace, starving people,
aborting children, gender equality and many other ‘good’ things, with little
success. Jesus obviously did not intend these things to be ‘good news’ because
He hasn’t stopped any of them.

What
would be ‘good news’ to a sinful nature, unable to escape a journey to eternal
hell because we cannot coexist with a Holy God? Because of who and what we are,
we cannot be known by God or enter into His kingdom. We are helpless without
Jesus’ ‘good news’ yet I hear more condemnation, more self-promotion, more
blaming others or things, more whining and complaining and more begging God to
meet us on our terms.

I would
really like to hear more Christians preaching the ‘good news’ and hear less of
those other excuses and accusations.

1Peter
1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as
silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from
your fathers;

1Peter
1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and
without spot:

Peter
says we were redeemed or bought back by Jesus’ blood; so His death bought us
from who or what and why is that, ‘good news’ for everyone?

Hebrews
9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that
look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

We were
unable to connect with the loving God who made us because of our sin against
Him. We rejected Him in our hearts and wanted our own way; rebellion against
God.

Romans
3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Jesus
died to pay the price for our sins but we still cannot appear before God
because we were born with our sinful nature but Jesus did more. Jesus became
the door who will allow us to come into God’s presence through Him.

John
10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go
in and out, and find pasture.

Hebrews
9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which
are
the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the
presence of God for us:

Not
only has Jesus purchased salvation for us to enter into His kingdom when we
die, He has redeemed us from our own sinful nature so we can be like Him. All
this is still not the ‘good news’ He wanted us to preach. It is only a part of
it. The real ‘good news’ of the gospel is Jesus made a way for us, all of us,
to be good enough to appear before God and be able to live with Him in love
again.

He will
be our cover for our sin, adviser to God, door to enter God’s presence and
councillor for a life in God’s kingdom for ever.

Jesus
has made a doorway through which we can go to God and He is that doorway and He
WILL accept you, me and everyone who will come to Him; THIS is the ‘good news’
of the gospel and we have been given the commandment to preach it to every
creature on this earth.

 John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall
come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

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