Bible Ballistics: BBs #351 The Real GOOD NEWS!!!
I declare unto you the gospel
which I preached unto you,
which also ye have received,
and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved,
if ye keep in memory what I preached
unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,
how that Christ died for our sins
according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried,
and that he rose again the third day
according to the scriptures:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas,
then of the twelve:” 1 Corinthians 15:1-5
This is The Gospel—that Jesus “died for our sins”, my sin and yours; that He “was buried“—He died for us; and that He “rose again the third day”; all of this done “according to the scriptures“; all that we might have eternal life. Jesus Himself talked of this sacrifice in John 3. (See Is. 53)
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world
to condemn the world;
but that the world
through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned:
but he that believeth not
is condemned already,
because he hath not believed
in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation,
that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness
rather than light,
because their deeds were evil.” John 3:14-19
Jesus came that we might have life!
The choice is yours; will you believe in and receive what HE has already done for you? It is a choice of “life” or “death”, but death that has already been overcome if we will but repent of our sin, and trust in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our sin.
“If we say that we have fellowship with him,
and walk in darkness,
and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light,
as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:6-7
The very same message that Jesus gave Nicodemus; it is a choice of light-vs-dark! Because “men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” they are condemned already. Jesus loves mankind, and died that we might have life, and yet many choose to refuse the grace and mercy of God and die in their sin. God has given every person the privilege to choose, but there is a consequence for every choice. You are either under the “blood” or you owe your own “sin debt”!
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Sin, we all have it, and there is a ‘sin debt’ due, but the Good News is that Jesus has paid the ‘sin debt’ for all who will come to Him in repentance and faith. What will you choose to do about your debt? Jesus is calling today!