Gospel = Good News
This is the Gospel: in the beginning God created everything: birds, trees, night, day, and finally, humans. Everything that God created He called “good,” but humans He called “very good.” Man and woman were the crown jewel of God’s creation, created in His very image, bearing the likeness of the Creator. God dwelled with them and gave them everything they needed.
But man and woman turned away from God (sin) and tried to do things their own way. This led to darkness and death spreading like a disease on the earth. God longed to be near His people, to rescue them from darkness and death, but over and over, they chose to turn away.
In comes Jesus, God’s ultimate plan. Jesus lived a life on earth just like us, experiencing joy and love, temptation and suffering. However, unlike us, He lived perfectly, without sin. God knew that in order to rescue us, someone had to defeat death, darkness, and sin. That person was Jesus. Jesus eventually died, and everyone who followed Him and loved Him thought it was all over. What they didn’t realize is that, in dying, Jesus did just the thing He came to do: He defeated death, darkness, and sin. Three days after He was buried, He rose victoriously from the grave, offering freedom and new life to all who believe in Him.
Jesus died for you. His offer is on the table. He asks nothing of you other than to come to Him, to give Him your death, darkness and sin, and trade it for His life, light, and holiness. What will you do?
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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. – Romans 10:9-10
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21
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