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What ‘good news’ do you share?

June 17, 2015

Grace to you! This week we will take a look at what’s known as the Great Commission. It is the final instructions Jesus gave to His church right before He ascended back to heaven. Hear what scripture says: “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

In this famous passage, Jesus charges His followers to tell others the good news of the salvation He gives to sinners if they repent and believe in Him. People follow Christ because He died for their sin and they in turn are commanded to go into the world and tell this same good news of how sinners can be saved through Jesus Christ to others. The word ‘gospel’ simply means good news. And Christians should be excited about the gospel because it indeed is good news of how the holy God through Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection can now have a relationship with sinners!

It’s interesting to see that everyone everywhere shares a gospel. People love to tell others what they believe is the good news others need to hear. Some share about their grandkids. “Oh, did you see what little Sammy did? He is so precious. I can’t help but tell you how great my grandkids are!” This is a gospel for this person. They are sharing about what they treasure or what is important to them. Some share the gospel of hunting, shopping, the latest sexual exploit, etc. Anything can and has been a gospel for people. However, the problem with these alternative gospels is that they are ultimately counterfeits people trust in. Grandkids are great, but if they are your heart’s hope above Jesus Christ, then they have become a false ‘gospel’ for you. Some even rejoice in their sinful lifestyle as their ‘good news gospel.’ In the end, it doesn’t matter what form an alternative gospel takes. All end in vanity.

God has given us one gospel: the good news that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. (See 1 Timothy 1:15) This is indeed is very good news for sinners like you and me! So let’s do a heart check. Do you really treasure God’s gospel in Jesus Christ? Do you share the gospel of Jesus with others? Or do you share a substitute gospel with others? Everyone hopes in something and that hope is what they share with others, whether it’s a good thing or bad thing. No matter which it is, if your heart doesn’t move you to share the gospel of Christ then scripture would tell us we do not belong to Him. Whose gospel are you excited about? Yours or Christ’s?

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