The story of Jesus, if true, is the best news the flawed people of this world could ever hear. Is it too good to be true? Your call. But before you pass Jesus off as wishful thinking, let me pose this question. If you were the completely Holy God and the people you created, and loved, and endowed with free-will had fallen from the path you had laid out for them, and could not find their way back, how would you save them?
You have seen this verse a thousand times. How many times have you truly listened? “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” That is John 3:16, the most quoted verse in the Bible. Here is the rarely-quoted next verse; “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17 Jesus did not come to send us all to hell. He came to lead us to heaven, and all that is required of us is belief.
The New Testament of the Bible opens with the four biographies of Jesus, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They are called the Gospels. Nowadays the word is generally considered to mean truth. But when the word Gospel was appropriated by Christians to denote the biographies of Jesus–it meant “good news”.
For some reason. though, hearing about Jesus does not sound like good news to most non-Christians. What they hear is a message of judgment, not understanding that Jesus came to free us from judgment. The verses from John do not read; “For God was so angry at the world that he sent his one and only son to judge their sin and send them all to hell.” That is not how it goes. Read the above verses again. He did not come to condemn you and I for our sin but to save us from them, to pay the price we owe. “For God so loved the world…” Christians believe the message of the Gospels, which are Jesus’ story, is not just good news but the best possible news.
We have heard the words: “God loves you”, so much that we no longer feel the magnitude of that simple sentence. God loves you! What if it’s true? Would you consider that good news?