Last time, we discussed the effects of sin and the problem in the world. In the biblical story we have been looking for a savior to come and restore God’s people once again. We have been lost and looking for the perfect Messiah. At the beginning of the New Testament, we see a character emerge in the person of Jesus.
Jesus comes along and offers us a message that no one else has before. He tells us that He is the way, truth, and life. He is the way we’ve been looking for and many people follow Him. But then Jesus does something that no one expected, though he told people it was coming. He died a painful death on a cross and everything seemed lost. Then he resurrects, he comes back to life and offers us hope of eternal life with Him.
Jesus’ death offers us forgiveness of sins. His sacrifice was the perfect sacrifice that could take away our sins (Ephesians 1:7). His shed blood cleanses us from sin and allows us to be reconciled to Him. Jesus’ resurrection allows us to have eternal life because he conquered death and life now comes through Him (1 Corinthians 15:22).
Because Jesus did these things for us, we can have eternal life and be saved through believing in him (John 3:16). Jesus did for us what we could never do for ourselves, die and resurrect to atone for sins and give eternal life. This is the good news. This is the gospel. We had no hope, we were lost and Jesus comes and dies for our sins and resurrects to give us life. This is our hope, this is our life, this is the good news of Jesus Christ.