What’s the good news?
This was the question my endocrinologist asked me this week as he walked into the examination room where I was waiting, not for him, but for his assistant. So, taken off guard both by his entrance and by his question, my response was “deer in the headlight” frozen. My mind went completely blank. Despite my non-responsiveness, he steadily peered at me and waited, and I said … nothing. What happened to me? It was a perfect opening to tell him what the Good News is. I could have said any of the following …
Well for me, as a Christian, the good news is that Jesus, the son of God, lived the perfectly obedient life I should have lived and died the death I should have died bearing the wrath of God in my place. As a result, through faith that Jesus is who he claimed to be and did what he claimed to do for me, God, gives me an external righteousness – Christ’s righteous and considers me guiltless. I am not condemned to eternal death. I will not experience God’s deserved wrath for my sin, but rather, I will undeservedly live favorably in the presence of God forever. Romans 5
The good news is that God called me out of darkness into his marvelous light. I didn’t know God before, but now I’m part of his family. Before God did this, I had never received God’s mercy, but now, because of Jesus, I have. 1 Peter 2:9-10
Christ died for my sins just as God’s word said he would. He was buried and raised on the third day just as God’s word said he would. He appeared to more than 500 people as well as to his disciples. And by the grace God has shown to me, I am what I am. That is the good news. 1 Cor. 15:3-11
You know, the good news is that, by faith, I am freed from the necessity of meeting the standards of God’s law in order to gain God’s approval and acceptance. Through trust in the person of Christ and his work on my behalf, my sins are forgiven – my inability to meet his righteous standard is pardoned. Acts 13:38-39
I was dead in my trespasses and sins. I was just following along with what popular cultural told me was right. I was self-centered and selfish. And unbeknown to me, God was against me. In fact, because of who I was and what I was doing as a result of who I was, I was the object of God’s wrath. So the good news is that God, because he is rich in mercy, and because of his great love for me, even when I was like that, made me alive, really alive, together with Christ. By his grace, he saved me. And not only that, he raised me up with Christ and seated me with him in the heavenly places. You know why? It was so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward me. Ephesians 2:1-10
The good news is that I have hope. My hope is this, that since Jesus died and rose again, I will always be with the Lord. 1 Thess. 4:13-18
The good news is the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation for all people. Titus 2:11-14
The best news I know is that God is for me. He did not spare his own Son but gave him up for me. I am no longer condemned to die for my rebellion against God, but now enjoy a favorable status before him. Furthermore, Christ, who took God’s wrath toward me upon himself, sits at the right hand of God and is interceding for me. And I know that I cannot be separated by anything, not even by death, from the love of Christ who did all this for me. Romans 8:31-35
The good news is that Christ is the end of my striving to earn a favorable standing before God. Romans 10:4
So here’s the good news. God loved me and sent his Son to be the propitiation – the sacrifice that satisfied God’s wrath against me because of my sins. 1 John 4:10
The good news is that 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. Romans 10:8-13
After the once-for-all sacrifice of himself that satisfied the wrath of God toward our sin, Christ entered into heaven to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. And he will appear again a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. That’s the good news. Hebrews 2:17, 9:24-28
I could have told him any of this, but I didn’t. So after my “what seemed like forever” speechless pause, the doctor said, “You know you’ve been my patient for twelve years.” You are the only doctor I could find to help me” I said. “I want to help you,” he responded sincerely. I’m ashamed to say, I don’t know if this doctor is a Christian. But if he isn’t I would like to help him too by answering his question. And, if he asks me again (and I pray that he does) “What’s the good news?” I’ll be ready to tell him.