What is the Good News?
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this – while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”
The only way for justice to be satisfied is for a penalty to be imposed when someone is found guilty. God, as Judge, finds us guilty of breaking His law. But God has not left it there! He has left His judgment bench and traded places with the condemned law-breaker, receiving the verdict and the punishment for sin on Himself!
Who is Jesus Christ and why did He come?
Who is Jesus Christ?
The Bible says that the One who spoke everything into existence, the Creator, became flesh and blood and came to earth to live among us (John 1:14).
Jesus Christ is fully man.
The Bible says that Jesus Christ identified with us so much in becoming man that He was tempted in every way that we are tempted (yet without ever sinning), and because of His humanity He can fully sympathize with us in our weakness (Hebrews 4:15).
Jesus Christ is perfect.
The Bible says that a person’s sin nature is passed down from the father. Jesus was miraculously born of a virgin. This shows that He was perfect – He was in no way contaminated with sin.
Why did Jesus come?
He came to live a perfect life.
By living a perfect, sinless life He became the only human who did not deserve to be punished for sin. This put Him in the exclusive position of being able to endure hell for someone else, rather than for His own sin.
He came to die in the place of sinners.
Jesus’ death was more than just physical. When He was crucified on a cross He literally absorbed God’s holy wrath towards sin. He endured hell for sinners. The equivalent of an eternity in hell many times over was poured out on Jesus as He hung on the cross, and it literally killed Him.
He came to offer forgiveness to sinners.
Three days after His death something extraordinary happened. Jesus was raised from the dead as proof that His sacrifice had defeated sin and appeased the wrath of God. Forgiveness had become a reality!
He came to open heaven to the human race.
The Bible says that heaven is the final destination of those who have been forgiven. It is a place of never-ending peace and bliss in the presence of God.