Good News For Today 40 – Author Unknown – The Gospel In Three Minutes[i].
Hello, I’m David Hibbert, and I’ve got some good news for you!
Here’s how one man explained the gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ.
There is one God, and He is the maker of heaven and earth. He made us in His image and likeness, male and female, with dignity, value, worth and purpose.
He made us to worship Him, and we chose to sin against him, to rebel against him, to disobey him.
As a result, we are separated from God, and we live under the foolish myth, that to some degree we are each our own God, declaring right and wrong, and living our own life by our own standards.
God lovingly came into human history as the man Jesus Christ – fully God, fully man. He was born of a Virgin, and He lived a life without sin, though He was tempted in every way as we are.
He went to the cross and there He substituted Himself for us. Our first parents in the garden of Eden substituted themselves for God, and at the cross Jesus reversed that substitution, and substituted Himself for sinners.
When Jesus went to the cross, He took willingly upon Him the sin of those who would come to trust in him. That means me – as a sinner. Jesus went to the cross and took upon himself all my sin, past, present and future. Jesus Christ, who was a man, died in my place for my sins, paying my debt to God and purchasing my salvation.
Jesus’ dead body was then laid in a tomb and for three days, he was buried. On the third day, a Sunday, which is why we worship on that day, Jesus rose in victory over Satan, sin, death, demons and hell.
He commissioned us with the Holy Spirit, to be missionaries, telling this amazingly good news that there is a God, who passionately, lovingly, continually, relentlessly pursues us, and He ascended into heaven.
Today, Jesus is alive and well, and He is seated on a throne, and He is ruling and reigning over all nations and all cultures, and all philosophies and all races and all periods of time.
He is King of Kings and He is Lord of Lords, and He is ruling and reigning over all people, commanding everyone, everywhere to repent of everything they have done wrong.
And He is coming again, to judge the living and the dead, and those who trust in Him will enjoy eternity in His kingdom of heaven forever, and those who do not will suffer eternal separation from Him, in the conscious eternal torments of hell.
That is what we believe. We believe in Jesus.
And that’s your Good News for Today!
2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus).” (NKJV)
He was treated as though He committed every sin in the world by every person in the world.
Jesus (a Holy God) on the Cross pushed away His Holiness so that we might become Holy covered by the Righteousness of Christ in Complete Forgiveness.