Good News For Today 19 Bill Hybels – God, Us, Christ, You (3:28 min).
Hello, I’m David Hibbert, and I’ve got some good news for you!
Here’s how Bill Hybels explained the gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is God – Us – Christ – You. God: God is Loving. Out of his compassion He made us and desires to have a relationship with us. Even though we are sinners who have rebelled against Him, He continues to patiently extend His love to us. God is also Holy. God is absolutely pure, and He is separate from everything that is impure. God is also Just. God is like a good judge who can’t close His eyes at a broken law. Instead, He must administer justice.” Us: When God first created us, He made us good, without sin. But we abused our freedom, rebelled against Him, and became evil. Furthermore, as we’ve just seen, God’s holiness exposes us for what we are, and His justice deals fairly with the sin we’ve committed. Unfortunately, the seriousness of our sin requires God to pronounce upon us the death penalty. This means both physical death and spiritual death, which is separation from God in a place called hell. We become morally bankrupt with nothing in our account with which to pay off our debt. Christ: Christ is God and Man – He is uniquely both. As God, he had the power and authority to devise a plan for our salvation. As a man, he was able to execute the plan by taking upon Himself the punishment we deserved. The central truth of the gospel is that Christ died in our place, as our substitute. He suffered the death penalty for us. In so doing, He expressed the love of God, upheld the holiness of God, and satisfied the justice of God.” He did all of that so that He could turn around and offer us His forgiveness, His friendship, and His leadership in our lives as a gift. We don’t deserve it, we didn’t pay for it, and we can’t earn it. But He offers it to us. You: Only those who say yes to Him will actually receive His forgiveness. We must individually receive Christ and His gift of salvation. Personal response is essential – no one else can make a decision like that for us. We can only make it for ourselves. And that’s your Good News For Today!