The world is full of bad news. Every day we read and hear of the terrible things that people do to other people. We wonder where it will all end. If God truly loves us then why does He continue to permit evil to permeate the earth and our lives? The good news is that God has done something about the evil that is in the world. Jesus has defeated the forces of darkness that plague our planet. Satan has been vanquished and very soon his reign of terror on the earth will come to an end. When Jesus returns, there will be no more sickness and death. No one will hurt or kill anyone, ever again. From the moment that Jesus died and took all of our sins away, freedom began. When Jesus returns, after this long period of God patience and grace, He will destroy all evil and it will never appear on the earth again.
Since the cross of Jesus, God has extended an invitation to the whole world. Any person—regardless of what they have done with their life, can receive the forgiveness of their sins and eternal life.
For the past two thousand years, there have been two choices that are offered to the world: One; choose your own way, follow the lies of the devil and reject Jesus. Two; believe what God said; turn from your sins, receive Jesus offer of forgiveness, and have a new life that will last forever.
When this time of God’s grace is at an end, satan will be banished to the Lake of Fire and he will never be seen or heard from again. Every person who has received the forgiveness of their sins will live in a new and perfect body that can dwell anywhere in the universe. We will live together in perfect love, enjoying the lives that were intended for us—from the beginning.
The Old Testament declares that the Messiah will come with this “Good News” (The Gospel). God is ready to forgive all sins and grant eternal life to all who will receive it.
Isaiah 61:1b “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted…”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Luke 4:17-18 And Jesus was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written,“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted.”
Matthew 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
Matthew 9:35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
Matthew 11:2-5 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
A Second Chance
The best news that man has ever received is that God is willing to forgive our sins. All of us have felt condemnation for the things we have done during our life. We all know instinctively in our hearts that we have done wrong, and we long for relief from the guilt that we feel. Much of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew Chapter 5, called: “The Beatitudes,” is about finding relief from the guilt of sin.
Matthew 5:3-4 Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed or “Oh, how happy” are those who mourn for their sins and who are humble in their spirits concerning their sins, for they shall be comforted.
The Gospel or Good News is that Jesus came as the Messiah to declare that our time of captivity in sin is over. The poor and the brokenhearted, who are referred to in Isaiah 61:1, are the same poor who mourn over their sins whom Jesus described, in the Beatitudes of Matthew Chapter 5.
The Good news that the Messiah brings to those who are brokenhearted, genuinely sorrowful and repentant over their sins, is that “their time of deliverance is here.”
No person must ever carry, again, the guilt for his sins. All people, for all time, should know for certain that God really loves them and has done everything that is necessary to forgive all their transgressions, by Jesus’ sacrifice.
Sin is a horrible and enduring burden that God never intended that we should carry. It destroys our lives and fills us with a great sense of regret for our past errors. Sin often makes it impossible for us to move forward in our lives because we spend so much time thinking about, and regretting, our past.
Jesus declares to all who have sinned: “You are forgiven.”
Luke 5:20 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
1 John 2:12 (John speaking) I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
When Jesus died on the Cross, He was paying for our sins and canceling all judgement and condemnation that was waiting for us at the end of our life. All that is required today to have your sins removed—as if they never existed, is to put all of your trust in the completed work that Jesus has accomplished for us on the Cross.
At the Cross, God took all of our sins and placed them in Jesus. He was made sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He (The Father) made Him (The Son) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
The transformation from condemned to justified takes place at the moment that a person sincerely comes to God, in the name of Jesus Christ, and is willing to turn from all of their sins. When anyone asks Jesus for forgiveness, based on what He has done for us at the Cross, all sins; past, present, and future, are removed by Jesus’ sacrifice—forever. The person who has made this profession of faith in Jesus’ completed sacrifice is viewed by God, from that moment on, as—Justified. This is to say, that all his sins have been paid; and there is no longer any judgment awaiting. Jesus took the punishment for us at the Cross. Today, God considers those who have received forgiveness by Jesus’ sacrifice—as perfect, righteous, and ready for heaven.
Everyone who believes what God has said about Jesus’ sacrifice: it is sufficient to remove their sins, have fulfilled all the requirements of God. In the same way, when we place our trust in Jesus, the righteousness that He obtained by His obedience to the Father’s will, is also imputed to us and we become righteous.
The Gospel—the Good News that the Messiah promised us, in Isaiah 61:1.
This is the promise that Jesus fulfilled when He arrived on earth and became the sacrifice for all sins and then rose from the dead on the third day. Jesus’ resurrection signified that all that He had done to pay for our sins was acceptable by God.
You can have great confidence today that Jesus is the promised Messiah, for He has fulfilled all of the Old Testament prophecies concerning the coming of the Savior of the world. Jesus has perfectly kept all the laws of God for you and then He took all your sins upon Himself, as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”
You can appropriate this Good News into your life right now, by simply coming to God in Jesus’ name and asking for the forgiveness of your sins, based on what Jesus has done for you, at the Cross. When we continue to believe this truth and abide in Jesus for the rest of your life, you are guaranteed salvation.