“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved….Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”
1 Corinthians 15:1-4, NKJV
The world is in desperate need of some good news. What would be good news to you? If Ed McMahon came to your door announcing that you have just won $1,000,000 would that be good news? What if a doctor told you your child had cancer. Another visit to the doctor reported that the cancer is gone! Is that better news than the $1,000,000? Sawgrass Mills of South Florida is the fourth largest outlet mall in America. For one week all clothing is one-half price. Is that good news? Well, of course, these illustrations are good news.
The good news of the Gospel is better than any of the above-mentioned illustrations. British Preacher D. Martyn Lloyd Jones wrote, “We stop at the definition and do not actually appreciate how good the good news truly is.” James Montgomery Boyce wrote, “To appreciate the good news of the Gospel we should begin with the fact that, aside from Christianity, the religions of the world are not at all good news.” Religion is a burden that does not make us happy. Apart from Christianity all religion is self-help. It tells us how to find peace and happiness. The problem is God is too holy. Paul spoke of himself as a wretched man. (Romans 7:24) He saw his life in light of a holy God’s perfectness. We all are lost in light of God’s holiness.
The good news is the Gospel. The Gospel is that Jesus Christ died for our sins. He then buried our sins. He rose again proving He is God. This is the greatest news.
QUESTION: When was the last time you told someone the good news?