The Gospel....The Good News
The word Gospel means the good news. Hence the four gospels in the New Testament. The gospel is the good news that God made mankind for Himself. However, mankind chose to sin and disobey God which severed our relationship with Him. But because of God’s great love for us, He sent His Son Jesus to die and shed his blood for us, so we can be cleansed from our sins and be reconciled to God.
Each of us as Christians, has been commissioned by Jesus to go and tell others about the good news and to make disciples or followers of Him. Matthew 28:18-20 says, ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” How did all mankind sin? Romans 5:12 says, “Therefore just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way, death came to all men, because all sinned.” Sin came into the world because of Adam and Eve our fore parents. God loves us, but He cannot tolerate sin. Sin is anything that displeases God. Sin is breaking the Law, the 10 commandments. But God loves us so much that He made a way for mankind to be reconciled to Him. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God sent His Son Jesus to become the sacrifice or the sacrificial lamb and to pay the price for our sins. Jesus came to die, not just to heal or to teach, but to die and become the sacrificial lamb to take away the sins of the world. In John 1:29, John the Baptist declared, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
But you might ask, why would Jesus need to die for my sins? The Bible says in Hebrews 9:22, that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission or forgiveness of sins. Jesus’ blood was shed so your sins and my sins could be forgiven.
However, getting our sins forgiven is not automatic or involuntary. We have to make the choice to receive or to believe in Jesus so that our sins can be forgiven and that we can be justified or be reconciled to God the Father. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” If we refuse to accept God’s sacrificial lamb, then sin remains on us and we continue to be separated from God’s love and His forgiveness. John 3:36 says, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”
And that’s the gospel that God has called us as Christians to bring to the lost. The good news that Jesus Christ died so that our sins can be forgiven and we can be reconciled to God. Be a voice for the gospel. Wear Scriptures.
- Dionne Cameron