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The good news and the bad

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I think we’ve probably all gone through a period in our lives where it seems like every piece of news that we get is bad news. Whether it’s the news we read, hear or watch, or it’s news we get from our friends and family. There are periods of time for all of us where it seems like nothing good is happening.

So, I’ve decided to keep things simple and give you all a bit of good news this week by sharing the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s a message that begins with bad news, but I encourage you to keep reading until the end. It gets much better. I promise!

The Bible tells us that we are all sinners. In chapter 3 of his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul says that no one is righteous, not one. And that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Later on in chapter 6, Paul points out that the penalty for our sin is death. The penalty for our sin is eternal separation from God the Father Almighty, the one who created each of us in His own image and likeness.

See, God is supremely holy and cannot be in the presence of sin. Habakkuk 1:7 says, “You who are of purer eyes than to see evil cannot look at wrong.” Psalm 5:4 says, “For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.” God requires perfection to be in His presence and enter into His kingdom. Unfortunately, whether we think so or not, no one is perfect! And there is nothing any of us can do on our own to be seen as righteous in the eyes of God. There is no amount of money we can put in the offering plate, or little old ladies we can walk across the street and help carry in their groceries, that will pay our way into heaven. We simply cannot achieve entry into the kingdom of God on our own.

This is where the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ comes in! The Bible tells us that God SO LOVED the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life! None of us are able to get into heaven on our own merits, so God provided his Son so we can enter God’s presence on HIS merits! Jesus Christ temporarily gave up His throne in heaven to come to earth and live a perfect life on this earth, meaning He did not sin. This is something no one else has done before or since. Then He died on the cross, becoming the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Three days later He rose from the dead, therefore conquering sin and death. This means that when God looks at those who put their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ, He no longer sees our sin! Instead, He sees the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

That is some really good news! Something for all of us to think about as we approach a holiday designed to give thanks for all that we have.

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