Why is the ‘good news’s good news.
Gospel means ‘good news’. Ask any Christian what they mean by gospel and they’ll talk about the good news of Jesus coming to this world to die for the sins of the world and conquer death. But why is this such good news?
I have three reasons. It’s good news because it’s for everyone, it’s good news because it restores our most important human relationships and it’s good news because it promises future prosperity.
Why is this for everyone? Surely it’s just for the good people, the church goers and the soft minded people who need a crutch (imaginary or otherwise) to get through life! Doesn’t everyone want to be loved? The gospel is good news because it tells us that God loves us without regard to our condition: good or bad, poor or wealthy, intellectual or not, in good health or bad, young or old. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16). The‘whoever’ is just that, whoever and that includes you and it includes me. The gospel is good news for everyone, without exception.
If there is a God and if we really are created in his image the greatest thing we can aspire to is to know him. Our state as failed and ruined human beings rules that out. How can such imperfection have anything to do with absolute perfection – it’s like trying to mix oil and water. But Jesus came to restore the relationship between the perfect and the imperfect. He makes us clean and enables us to know God. If our relationship to God is restored, this creates the conditions for relationships with our fellow human beings to be restored too.
Our politicians have been making promises again! More money for health, better education and a better society. Let’s not be too ungrateful to them, they do a much better job that most people give them credit for. In spite of this the world is not quite the place we wish it was. Jesus has come to restore relationships but one day he will come to restore the very world we inhabit. The bible speaks of a restoration that literally means ‘genesis again’ – the perfect conditions that we messed up will be restored.
Good news for you, good news for relationships and good news for this world – good news indeed.