The Gospel = Good News

You may have heard of the word GOSPEL, but did you know that it simply means “Good News.” And that’s exactly what it is. It’s the message of God’s plan for ALL of us who live in this fallen world.

“For God so loved the world”… that’s YOU… “that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”

Click on the symbols below to hear the gospel in its simplest form.

Jesus...

Left the Comforts of Heaven for Us

Loved and Served Others

Died on a Cross for Our Sins

Rose from the Dead

Ascended Back Up to Heaven

Is Preparing a Place for Those Who Believe In Him

Is Coming Back For All Who Choose Him

But Why Did Jesus Even Have to Come Down?

When God created the world and everything in it, it was not only good, it was perfect. But unfortunately, it didn’t stay that way for long. So, for us to truly understand the good news, we need to talk about some bad news first.

The bad news has to deal with sin, which started in heaven because of the pride of an angel named Lucifer. He was one of God’s highest ranking angels, but his elite status in Heaven wasn’t good enough for him. He wanted even more. He wanted to be God, and this pride became his fall. When he was forced out of heaven he took 1/3 of God’s angels with him but they became angels of darkness or demons instead of remaining angels of light. Having rule over the demons who followed him still wasn’t enough for satan though. He wanted control over all of God’s creation.

The Garden of Eden was a place where the first humans, Adam and Eve, wandered freely in a perfect world where they mingled with angels and lived in God’s presence. God gave them dominion over the whole earth. Adam even got to name all of the animals. They only knew what was good and had no knowledge of evil. God had one rule for them and it was there for their own protection. They could eat from any tree in the whole garden, but they were not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. But as mentioned earlier, satan wanted control over all of God’s creation, and he’d do whatever it took to get it. Just like today, he didn’t play fair, so he decieved them into disobeying God, tempting them to eat from that tree, and bringing his own sin problem down to earth.

With this one sin, they transferred their dominion over the earth to satan, basically giving the keys to the kingdom to him. From that point on, every human to ever exist would be born into sin and would be under the bondage of the evil one. We can be super quick to point our fingers at Adam and Eve for their sin that caused this consequence, but if we’re honest with ourselves, any one of us could have been the ones to cause that downfall too.

The truth is, we have all made our own choices to disobey God and this sin is what separates us from Him. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” In other words, our sin comes with a death sentence. But the second part of that verse is where the good news comes in.

In the ancient days, the Israelites tried to earn their way into God’s favor. They would atone for their sins with animal and food sacrifices, but those sacrifices never actually paid the price for their sins. They just covered them up. But God is so good that he had his salvation plan in mind from the very beginning of creation. To save the children who He created and loves very much, God sent his Son, Jesus, to be the perfect solution to our sin problem and to rescue us from the punishment we deserve.

Jesus left the comforts of heaven to put on human flesh and come to earth. He was fully God and fully human at the same time. So He could have come down expecting to be served by the world, but instead He came to be a servant to all. He lived a perfect, sinless life, fulfilled all of the prophecies about the coming Messiah, and shared the truth about God and the Kingdom of Heaven in love with all those who would hear it. He died as an innocent man on a wooden cross to pay the price for our sins… a price we could never pay for ourselves. He rose from the dead on the third day, proving once and for all that He is the Messiah that the prophets foretold of. Then he ascended back up to heaven to be with God the Father. But that’s not the end of His story… He’s preparing a place for those who believe in Him and He’s coming back one day soon to get those who choose Him. 

This precious gift is something we, as sinners, could never earn on our own. Because Jesus gave up his life for us, we can be welcomed into God’s family for eternity. The gospel is what brings all of us to the most important decision we’ll ever make. What we choose to do with this gift of salvation will determine where we spend eternity. Accepting it leads to eternal life with God in heaven. Denying it leads to eternal death and separation from God. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

That’s not just good news, it’s the best news ever!

So, you may be thinking, that really is good news, but how can I have access to this gift of salvation.

We’re so glad that you asked! Click on the link below to check out our ABCs of Salvation page, where you can read about taking this most important step of faith.