Updated: Jan 27
As a Christian, you have most likely heard about the Good News but, if you are reading this, I am betting that you haven't fully grasped what the Good News is truly about, why is it good at all or why should you preach it?
Well, this will be my attempt, with lots of help from other believers and the Bible, to explain to you what the Good News is, why is it good and why we should preach it to everyone:
What's the Good News?
I have spent a huge deal of my life just saying that I will dedicate it to preaching the Good News and yet, it only recently came to me that I hadn't fully grasped what it truly is about.
I knew that it is about the life, the death and resurrection of Christ but I also knew that there was more for me to understand from it and there is. . .
I have read and heard from different people what the Good News is and it all comes back to the same message as of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:1-5:
"Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve."
As I understand it:
The Good News is that Jesus Christ and died for our sins and then, three days later, He rose from the dead.
At first glance, that sounds kinda dull. I don't know, feels like I could get more from this and I am not.
It's like there is more to this text that I am failing to see and the message is right there yet I am failing to fully grasp it.
I want my heart to almost burst out as I read that and right now, it isn't.
I think that's kind of how I felt in my first years of hearing of Christ: Not fully seeing the Good News in what He did for us. I would just accept it without fully grasping it.
I was just like really dull about everything and I think that was because I didn't fully understand why it was good, to begin with.
So I searched about The Good News, I heard about it too and then i read about it these were some of the interpretations of other believers, pastors and non-pastors alike, that helped me to understand what the Good News is:
"The Good News, or the Gospel, is the news that God became man in Jesus Christ, lived the life we should have lived and died the death that we should have died, paying for our sins and then he defeated death by rising from it three days later, therefore, proving that He is indeed the Son of God, who offers the gift of salvation and forgiveness to all who repent and believe in Him."
- The GodTest Study Guide
And this one as well:
"The gospel is the news that Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, died for our sins and rose again, eternally triumphant over all his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe, but only everlasting joy."
- Pastor John Piper
These two interpretations, alongside others that I haven't mentioned, don't stir away from what the Bible says. They don't add or subtract to it but do use different wording to explain to us what the Good News is.
Those interpretations made me understand more of what Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:1-5.
Now, my heart is really tasting the Good News; the Good News that God became men in Jesus Christ, and He died for our sins and rose from the dead, not only proving that He is indeed the Son of God but that He is also triumphant over everything and because of what He did, there is now no condemnation, no eternal death, for those who repent from their sins and believe in Christ, but everlasting joy and life.
Yes, now my heart is tasting that Good News. It's feeling it and I hope yours is too.
However, not everyone will grasp why the Good News is good at all? Why is it good for them?
Yeah, I have read about non-believers saying that they never asked anyone to die for them and maybe that's because, like me before, they don't know why The Good News is good at all.
So. . .
Why is it The Good News?
There is a great reason why the life, death and resurrection of Christ are The Good News. Not just good news but THE Good News.
The ultimate Good News.
Well, The GodTest Study Guide provides a quick and quite nice summary of the essence of the Christian message, of the Good News, but let me try to see if I can explain this in the way I understand it to why it is The Good News, with some help from the guide and Scriptures, of course:
It all started when God created everything and us, humans, out of love and in His image, and He gave us authority over everything on earth (Genesis 1 and 2). We lived in harmony with God and everything was perfect until it wasn't anymore.
We disobeyed God when we chose to do something He has explicitly told us not to do. We were given the choice to trust God and His perfect character or be like God and trust ourselves to know what is right and wrong. Clearly, we can never be like God but we still tried to and then BOOM! We fell.
We were promised freedom if we ate that apple but instead, we got bondage. We were bound by sin and it became our default. We were all, and still are, sinners by default and all of us, throughout the history of humanity, fell short of God's glory. We always disobeyed, and still do, Him. We fell bad and hard, and no matter what we did, we couldn't fix things because we always ended up messing up things - we were too unrighteous, too broken and sinful to put ourselves right with God and therefore, we couldn't fully be with Him.
Yet, in spite of what we had done, God never left us. Instead of just wiping the earth clean of us, because He definitely can, He started a rescue operation to bring back people to Him. Yes, God still wanted us, and wants us to this day, to be with Him and seeing that we were doing things that opposed that, He had to do to it Himself.
From Abraham to Moses helping the people of Israel escape from Egypt, all the way to Christ, God has never left us in spite of everything we have done and when we failed to comply with His Law, He told His people that a Saviour would come to save the whole world.
And that Saviour is Christ.
Seeing that there was and still isn't anything that we could do to put ourselves right with God again, God had to come down and do it Himself. He became man in Jesus Christ, lived the life we should have lived and died the death we should have died, then He rose three days later, proving to everyone that He is the Son of God and that we can only be saved if we repent and believe in and follow Him.
It is through Him and because of Him that we are adopted as God's children, to be His family - The Church - and have been given the Holy Spirit who has been transforming us to live as Jesus did and guiding us back to God, amongst other many great things.
The Holy Spirit, who is also God, gives every single one of us gifts that will enable us to serve His Kingdom and encourage people to believe in the Gospels, to believe and follow Christ. The Church, us as the children of the Almighty God, are representatives of Christ on earth, and we are to lead people to Christ, enjoy life in Him and grow to be more like Him as we wait for Him to come back because He is.
Jesus is coming back and this time, He will come back to judge both the living and the dead, and those who believe in Him and have accepted God's forgiveness, given to us through Christ's death and resurrection, will receive eternal life and get to finally be with God forever, as we were intended to be from the beginning.
As for those who rejected God and continued to rebel against Him, they will fully be cast away from God's perfect and satisfying presence and thrown into eternal death where people suffer forever.
After the final judgement, those who belong to God's family will forever get to enjoy Him in a new era.
That's why The Good News is the ultimate Good News.
Nothing can surpass that and everyone needs it because, after all, we are sinners and we all fall short of God's glory and we deserved to go to hell yet, as Christians, we were saved By God, by His Grace, and through our faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9), for we believe and follow Him.
Both Grace and Faith are gifts from God, and both are the gifts that saved us from eternal death, not our actions or whatever else we think it was.
It was God who saved us from His own wrath which would have perfectly judged us to be sentenced to eternal death.
As Paul Washer said:
"When a man gets saved, he gets saved from God. The justice of God was coming for you. God saved you from Himself, God saved you for Himself and God saved you by Himself."
It was all God. Never us.
He did everything and now we get to enjoy Him forever.
Praise be to Him!
Now. . .
Why should we preach the Good News?
Long story short: We all need saving!
To this day, we are all struggling with sin, Christians and non-Christians alike. We are still battling the Evil One and all the authorities of this dark world (Ephesians 6:12) and, although as Christians we have a huge advantage, who is God, there are those who don't believe in Him and are being led astray.
Yes, we are all up against the king of this world, the Devil, but as Christians, not only have we been given the armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) to fight against the devil and all the authorities of this evil world, God has also given us everything we need to live godly lives (2 Peter 1:3).
We are no longer aimlessly living life as if nothing was threatening as if we were just fighting the people of this world and not really dangerous and vicious evil authorities of a realm that we cannot see but surely exists.
We are no longer living without the Truth.
We know what's going on. We know that at the end of everything, we are either going to be spending a perfect eternal life with God or we are going to be spending the worst eternal death in hell.
As Christians, we know that all of us are sinners and we need to embrace the salvation and gift of eternal life that God bought for us with His blood. We know that we were doomed for good if it weren't for God coming down to save us from eternal death and bringing us close to Him.
As Christians, we know how purely amazing it is yo have intimate access to God who guides us (Isaiah 58:11), does everything for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28) and is holding our hand in this fight (Isaiah 41:13), amongst other things.
We also know how satisfying, refreshing and calming it is to have the Holy Spirit, who is transforming us to be more like Christ every day (2 Corinthians 3:18) be in us, helping us run this race that God has set up for us (Hebrews 12:2) and Jesus who is preparing a place for all of us and will come back to get us so that we can spend eternity with Him (John 14:2-3).
We know the kind of peace that only God can give us (John 14:27), the kind of peace that surpasses all understanding and guards our hearts and minds through Christ (Philippians 4:7), the kind of peace that calms us down when things are looking bad because we know that God has overcome all things bad, He has overcome the world (John 16:33).
As Christians, we find hope in God's word (Psalm 119:114) because we know they will come true.
We know that He is looking out for us and when we fail/sin, although we do get to experience the consequences of sin, God still loves us and He is still transforming us to be more like Christ and He is helping us to cross the finish line.
We know that it is a miracle and a blessing to be His children and we look forward to enjoying eternal life with Him because He is the most valuable person and gift that we could have.
We know that and since we do, we have been commissioned by God Himself to go and tell everyone about the Gospels, about all that it is Him (Matthew 28:18-20).
We should go out there and point everyone to Jesus, call everyone to join us in this race and in this fight against the rulers of this world.
We should preach the gospel not only because God commissioned us to but also because we know where everyone who doesn't belong to God is going.
You see, we have been given this wonderful promise of eternal life with God as long as we stick with Him through love and faith. Because of Him, we will get to enjoy the best life has to offer (God) and we will get to enjoy that every day, for the rest of our lives without ever getting tired of it.
On the other hand, those who don't belong to God will endure eternal death and although they will get tired of it in the first second they get there, they will have to suffer through it for the rest of their lives.
That is just horrible.
As Christians, we have this responsibility to spread the Word of God on earth and to warn the [unsaved] sinners of their impending, yet changeable, fate.
It will be their blood in our hands if sinners die without us warning them of what is to come, as God said in Ezequiel 3:18:
"When I say to a wicked person, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood."
In a way, or many actually, God has told us that sinners that don't seek salvation, forgiveness and life in Christ will be thrown off into hell and stay there for eternity.
He has told us that people will die forever if they don't stick with Him and if we don't warn others, although they will die because of their sins, we will be accountable for their blood for we did not warn them of what was to come.
We let them walk into their demise when we knew the Person who could have changed their fate. Who died to change their fate.
Their blood would be in our hands but only if we don't tell them.
If we do tell them what is coming and they choose to throw that valuable information away, we are not held accountable for it, as God said so in Ezekiel 3:19:
"But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself."
Our jobs aren't to force the Gospel down people's throat but to lovingly tell them about it and pray that they will not throw it away.
We are to go out there and preach it, knowing that there will be those who will mock us and persecute us and won't turn away from sin to God, and there will be those who will seek God and turn away from sin.
So, even if you are not used to preaching or you are kinda scared, remember that this Message we are carrying with ourselves saves and changes lives, and it is our duty to share it with others.
It is our commission, as representative's of Christ on earth, to spread the Good News to all people everywhere, regardless of their response to it.
So, I plead that we grow each day hungry to talk about Jesus and make Him known throughout the world for, someone out there is in need of hope, of love, of peace, of saving and the Gospel will give them that.
So, as God has commanded us: Be strong and courageous, and go out there and spread the Good News!