God sent Jesus. Jesus is His plan. There is danger in missing all of this. We need to slow down and make sure we get it.
I don’t want to hear Jesus say to me that I missed it. I want to hear “Good and faithful servant”!
Jesus warns us. God’s goal for us is to hear His son’s voice. We need to be careful not to miss what God is saying to us. We need to take Jesus seriously. Jesus wants us to be saved.
The acts that Jesus completed are the message. Jesus lived the perfect life. Jesus died for all of us to pay the price for our having missed God’s goal (aka sin). Jesus rose from the dead into an incorruptible body. Jesus now sits at the the right hand of God and is charge of God’s Kingdom. Jesus is in total control.
We must listen for God. We must see His appearance. He sends Jesus.
Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. | The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (John 5:34–38). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
The good news of Jesus and His Heavenly Father are absolutely complete. I am aware that many want to add to it. In some cases, some completely remove the core of the message and nothing of value is left, other than a promise of prosperity and feeling good about myself. What we have from Jesus is all we need and we are complete as a result.
The stunning part of the good news is the glorious riches we share in.
The key to understanding the gospel is to know why it’s good news. To do that, we must start with the bad news. The Old Testament Law was given to Israel during the time of Moses. The Law can be thought of as a measuring stick, and sin is anything that falls short of God’s goal and the “perfect” according to that standard. The righteous requirement of the Law is so stringent that no human being could possibly follow it perfectly, in letter or in spirit.
Despite our “goodness” or “badness” relative to each other, we are all in the same spiritual boat—we have sinned, and the punishment for sin is death, i.e. separation from God, the source of life. In order for us to go to heaven, God’s dwelling place and the realm of life and light, sin must be somehow removed or paid for. The Law established the fact that cleansing from sin can only happen through the bloody sacrifice of an innocent life.
“I am not ashamed of the good news (aka gospel), because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile” (Romans 1:16).
The good news is a bold message, and we are not ashamed of proclaiming it. It is a powerful message, because it is God’s good news. It is a saving message, the only thing that can truly reform the human heart. It is a universal message, for Jews and Gentiles both. And the good news is received by faith; salvation is the gift of God.
The gospel is the good news that God loves the world enough to give His only Son to die for our sin. The gospel is good news because our salvation and eternal life and home in heaven are guaranteed through the Messiah.
“He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:3–4).
- Colossians 1:25–27 (NASB) —Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is the Messiah in you, the hope of glory.
- Romans 10:12–13 —For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Master is Master of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Whoever will call on the name of the Master will be saved.”
- Ephesians 3:8 —To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of the Messiah.