According to the scriptures, there is not a person alive who has not sinned. There never has been and there never shall be (cf. Romans 3:10, 23). Nevertheless, there is another fact to place alongside the above fact. It is the fact that the Lord, Jesus Christ, has provided the necessary means to redeem the world. His redemption stretches just as far as sin has reached, encompassing the entire human race. In other words, wherever sin has ventured (leaving behind its awful consequences) redemption reaches – providing the perfect remedy for each individual. It is a remedy that provides for our forgiveness; a remedy that cancels our guilt; a remedy that provides us with the assurance of our salvation and the promise of eternal life; a remedy that results in our receiving the ‘Spirit of adoption’ whereby we call God in heaven our Father.
This is the gospel. This is the ‘Good News’ for all those who are feeling the weight of sin in the lives; for all those who have tried (in their own strength and by their own efforts) to rise above their sense of guilt and wrong doing, but have found it to be as allusive as the proverbial ‘carrot on the end of the stick.’ The reason? It is not something we can lay hold of through ‘religious deed doing’ or for that matter, by personal sacrifice or by considerate living or by our concern for others. We lay hold of salvation and secure our redemption by a work of God’s grace, through faith. But faith in what or faith in who? It is certainly not by faith in a religious institution, nor faith in a particular philosophy of life & living, nor faith in a belief system of religious writ, ritual, ceremony, sacrifice or sacrament. It is the result of our faith, placed in the person of Jesus Christ and the work of redemption & reconciliation He secured at the cross.
He gave His life for ours – paying a debt He did not owe… because we owed a debt we could not pay.
In light of such ‘good news’, will you join me today in praying that I / we might have an opportunity to share it with someone who desperately needs to hear it?
“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear apart from a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, of those preaching the gospel of good things’!” (Romans 10:14-15, emtv)