When God does something he does it all the way. When Jesus hung on the cross he proclaimed “It is finished!” There was absolutely nothing more for him to do, he had accomplished his mission. In fact Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5 “God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” He tells us “we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us…”
I asked our Sunday school class if a few of them would tell me what “The Gospel” means. There was a couple that said it means “Good News.” Of course the word Gospel is defined as “Good News” but then I said, “When someone tells you news they are telling you something that has already happened aren’t they?” The very nature of something being news means you are simply reporting about something that has already taken place. God being in Christ and reconciling us to him; now that is good news!
Sometimes we tend to get away from the simplicity of what the Gospel is and might need a refresher course. The Good News is God knew our need for salvation, knew we couldn’t do anything to obtain it and therefore he set out to remedy our problem for us.
The eighth chapter of Romans tells us, “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” God has done for us what we could not do for ourselves, because in the flesh we are weak and unable to perform up to the Law’s perfect and holy standard. Today I was particularly drawn to the part that says, “He condemned sin in the flesh” it brought a mental image to my mind of a condemned house being demolished. Jesus took sin into his body on the cross; in fact he became sin, and condemned sin or brought it down. We that walk after the Spirit are having the Law fulfilled from within us by way of God’s Holy Spirit. That is some shouting ground right there!
This idea of Christ winning victory for us is described beautifully in Colossians 2 where it tells us, “he forgave us our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us: and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, he made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through him.”
When sharing the “Good News” with others just remember Jesus Christ said, “It is finished.” We are simply witnesses to the “Good News” that Jesus has completed his mission of reconciling us to God. Our role is to simply receive this “Good News” with thanksgiving.
Written by Louie