Friend, Have You Heard The Good News?
We are not affiliated with the makers of the video included below, but we do believe that it provides a satisfactory explanation of the Gospel message in a succinct manner.
The word ‘gospel’ literally means ‘good news’. It specifically refers to the finished work of Jesus and how His life, death, and resurrection applies to our lives today.
A Reasonable Explanation of the Gospel in Video Form
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The Gospel Explained to the Best of Our Ability
When a crime is committed, the person responsible is punished in accordance with the severity of the crime. It might take only a moment to pull a trigger and murder someone, but the punishment is severe and long-lasting: typically involving several years to a lifetime of prison time. Sin could be likened to crime for illustrative purposes, but to commit a sin is to break the law of our almighty and just God.
Imagine the result of having committed a heinous crime right in front of the president of the United States or the Queen of England. It’s unimaginable how much trouble you would have heaped on yourself and the punishment would be swift and severe. Now consider for a moment the creator of the universe — a God that is the antithesis to all things evil and sinful — observing a sin that offends His very nature. As a good and just God, punishment is assured for the lawbreaker. God will not be swayed by any bribes or excuses put forth by the (Isaiah 64:6). He is so good, in fact, that He demands punishment be carried out for every sin ever committed.
Did you know that lying is a sin (Proverbs 6:16-19, 1 Timothy 1:10)? As is stealing and having sexual thoughts about anyone who is not your Biblically-recognised spouse (Romans 13:9). Thinking hateful thoughts towards others is also evil and punishable (Titus 3:1–3).
Friend, you and I are both guilty of committing these sins and more against the God that will not tolerate sin. We are both deserving of the terrible punishment that we are earned for ourselves. We are all guilty and without excuses for our crimes (Romans 1:20, 1 John 1:8-10).
Many people have asked, ‘How could a loving God send someone to hell as an eternal punishment?‘ and presumed that God would do no such thing because of His abundant love.
Friend, God is love, yes, but He is also equal measures good and just (Psalm 7:11, Psalm 107:1, Habakkuk 1:13, 1 John 4:16).
When a judge dishes out prison time to a guilty criminal, is that considered unloving or is it justice?
God punishes because it is right to do so. He takes no pleasure in sending sinners to their eternal punishment, but criminals deserve punishment (Ezekiel 33:11).
The good news, friend, is that you — a sinner awaiting your day in court — have been offered a royal pardon from the King of Kings.
The gift of salvation is offered only through the Son of God, Jesus Christ (John 3:16).
Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, lived a good and sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). He stepped down from His throne in Heaven to live among us, teach us, and die for our sins so that believers will be forgiven of their sins and be made righteous in the eyes of God. Jesus willingly gave His life as payment for our sins and suffered a brutal and humiliating death on the cross (Isaiah 53:5, Matthew 27:28-29, 1 Peter 3:18). And after three days He was miraculously resurrected and demonstrated to His followers that He is indeed the Son of God and the author of salvation for believers (Luke 24:36-39).
Jesus’ believers are saved through repentant faith: Trusting in Him alone as Lord and Saviour, and recognising that our sin has offended our good and just God. It is by His grace alone and for His glory alone that His followers saved (Romans 10:13, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 1:13–14, Ephesians 2:8-9).
Friend, when you die, you will stand before the judgment seat of Jesus, and those who have not recognised Him as Lord and Savior in this life will receive His full and just and terrible punishment (Romans 3:23, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Hebrews 9:27, Hebrews 10:31).
Believe that Jesus willingly took your punishment on your behalf and offers salvation to His followers (John 14:6, Romans 6:23, 1 John 4:10).
Salvation is a free gift to all who know Jesus as resurrected Lord and Saviour (Romans 10:9-10, Hebrews 12:2). Consider what it means to have Jesus as Lord and Saviour.