The Good News
Jesus once said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep” (John 10:11). Our comparison to sheep is an appropriate one, for they need constant care and attention and must be led by someone greater. They will never go the right way on their own. Likewise, we go our own way and by nature we do the things that we desire to do rather than what the Good Shepherd says is right and best.
The Scripture clearly teaches us that our sin separates us from our Creator. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). We have willfully and by our sin nature broken God’s law and disobeyed. And so we have a problem: we, the sheep, are separated from the Master and that separation brings death; eternal damnation.What makes the bad news worse is that we, ourselves, can do nothing to gain our salvation from sin and death. Going to church, prayer, good works, or religion will never be enough for you to reach heaven.
But there is good news! We can be saved. God tells us that “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23). It is given by God as a free gift, something that we gain only by believing him, not by earning it. Forgiveness must be earned by the work of someone perfect, who knew and committed no sin. And that is exactly what Jesus did. The Good Shepherd has laid down his life for us. “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor 5:21). He died, was buried, and rose again after three days.
And so salvation comes by an undeserved gift through believing alone in Christ’s work on the cross.
Sitting right where you are, you can receive this gift of God by placing your trust in Christ who died in your place. Is there anything keeping you from trusting Christ as your Savior today?
If you have questions or if you have made this decision, please contact us so that we might rejoice with you in this “good news.”