“For our sakes he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteouness of God.” ~2 Corinthians 5:21
Good news! The gospel is the good news that is available to all to rescue us from the very worst news of all.
The bad news is this: you and I are sinners. God is holy and just, and we are not. We have broken His law and our very nature is sin. At the end of our lives, we will each stand before God (alone!) and be judged by Him – on the basis of either our own righteousness (or rather, the lack of it), or the righteousness of another. Because we are sinners, we have no righteousness of our own. Even our best efforts offered to God are like filthy rags to Him (Isaiah 64:6) because He cannot even look upon sin in His perfect holiness. And the punishment for sin is separation from God forever in a place of eternal torment. This is the destiny of all who depend on their own righteousness.
The good news is this: Jesus Christ, who is God the Son, came to earth to become fully man yet remain fully God, and lived a life of perfect righteousness and perfect obedience to God the Father so that He could then offer Himself as a perfect sacrifice to God to pay the penalty for our sins and satisfy the righteous wrath of God toward sinners. He has done for us what we could not possibly do.
God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day, fulfilling Scripture, and He now sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven, interceding for those who are His own.
The work has been done by Jesus. He satisfied the mandate of justice by taking on Himself the agony of all our putrid sins, suffering separation from His beloved Father and physical torment as well. And this is such very, very good news because we can be saved by faith in Him. His sacrifice made the way for all who will repent of their sins and trust in Jesus’ work on their behalf to be saved from the wrath of God and separation from Him.
When He saves us, He forgives us of all our sins, adopts us into His family, changes our desires, and sends His Spirit to dwell inside us, enlightening our minds to understand His written Word that He has given us for life and godliness. Now, when we trust in Christ’s work for our atonement, we have confidence that when we stand before God, we will be judged on the basis of Christ’s righteousness instead of our own. God is pleased with the sacrifice of Christ. It completed once for all the work necessary to reconcile us to God, the work we could never accomplish on our own. So we are judged as being righteous, perfect, holy, beloved of the Father – and welcomed into an eternal home with Him.
Whether we realize it or not, we all ache for communion with God. We were created to worship Him, and if we aren’t worshiping Him, we’re worshiping a counterfeit as we seek to fill the emptiness in our hearts. Nothing but God will satisfy us forever. True joy can only be found in God. My prayer is that you will come to know Him as your Father, Savior, and Lord, the true satisfaction of your deepest longings.
If I can be of any help to you in pointing you to the Savior, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.