The Real Good News
Have you, by chance, lost sight of the good news? And what is the good news? The good news is that at the cross of Jesus Christ and in his resurrection tremendous life-changing and rescuing power has been offered to you as a gift. The good news isn’t what you do for Jesus but what Jesus has already done for you. The good news is that Jesus did for you what you could never do for yourself, that he fixes what you could never fix, that he saves what you could never save, that he rescues what you could never rescue, that he lifts what you could never lift, that he is strong where you could never be strong, that he forgives what you could never forgive, that he wins where you could never win, that he takes you where you could never go, and that he redeems what you could never redeem. I find it very liberating that this whole thing depends on what Jesus has done for me and not what I am doing for Jesus.
The enormity of God’s grace toward us is described in Romans 5:20-21; “But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Do you see the fullness of what grace does? Where sin grows, where sin is abundant, where sin has messed up things, where sin has disfigured the soul, where sin has invited ruin, where sin has grown completely out of control, where sin seemingly has triumphed in life suddenly grace shows up with a solution. Grace goes deeper, grace covers more, grace takes the garbage out, grace cleans up the mess and grace applies a superabundant application of Jesus’ power to the toxic waste site of sin inside of us. Grace covers the past, the present and goes with us into the future. Grace covers everything with no exceptions.
That’s good news. When Jesus cried out on the cross “it is finished” he completed our salvation. There was nothing we could add to it. He did it all. Our response is simply to believe; to lean hard on the finished work of Jesus. The saving grace that was released in the cross and the resurrection of Jesus is enough to see you through every day for the rest of your life. Rest in this good news.