Jesus And The Good News
In our final post in our Jesus Series we culminate with the Good News message that Jesus came for.
For the first 30 years of his life Jesus would have seemed like a normal guy. He had a mum and a dad, two brothers, had a job working as a carpenter and spent time hanging out with his mates. Later in life he started reading scripture with profound understanding, spent time teaching, prophesied about the future and there are many records that he performed miracles.
If that’s all there was to say about him – maybe his life wouldn’t be that important – but there is so much more Jesus.
The world has been impacted by no one more than Jesus. Our two major holiday seasons revolve around him, our calendar is split before and after his life, there are more songs sung and more books written about him than anyone else – and at this time of the year – more than 2.5 billion come together to celebrate Easter.
All of this happens for one reason – Jesus was resurrected. Because Jesus is still alive.
Ultimately this is the Good News story – but here are our 4 Good News points:
1. The Good News – Jesus is alive.
- He was raised from the dead and ascended to heaven.
- That means wherever you are right now – Jesus is there.
- Think about all the other religions – their leaders lived on earth, some gave good teaching that people follow – and now they are dead – Mohamed, Buddha, Kirshna, Confucius – people will go on a holy pilgrimage to the place where they died.
- We don’t need to go anywhere because Jesus is here and still alive
2. The Good News – We are free from our sin.
- We are all sinners – in our past, right now and in our future - every thought, word and deed counts
- The payment for our sin was meant to be eternal death – but God loves us so much that he made the greatest sacrifice of all – which starts and ends with Jesus
- Jesus took our death and gave us life – which we are now privileged to live – full of freedom, grace, mercy, forgiveness and victory
3. The Good News – We are free from religion
- We don’t live by a bunch of rules and things we have to do
- Our eternal life, our time in heaven, our salvation cannot be earned – it’s not about what we do but what Jesus has already done
- We are compelled to follow Jesus and when you have an encounter with a living God you start to think differently, you get new desires, you start to pray, to read your Bible and to hang out with other people trying to do the same thing
- We don’t get religion – we get freedom and grace, power and humility
4. The Good News – it’s about relationship
- God wants to you know you and I
- Part of Jesus dying and resurrecting was the privilege we have to have a direct relationship with God
- We can have that relationship now and for all of our future
So let’s live the Good News.
Let’s tell other people about the Good News.
Jesus is alive.
Be The Church