Here’s the Good News:

“David, of course, having completed the work God set out for him, has been in the grave, dust and ashes, a long time now.  But the One God raised up – no dust and ashes for him!  I want you to know, my very dear friends, that it is on account of this resurrected Jesus that the forgiveness of your sins can be promised.  He accomplished, in those who believe, everything that the Law of Moses could never make good on.  But everyone who believes in this raised-up Jesus is declared good and right and whole before God.”  Acts 13:36-39 (Message).

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Leviticus 1-3, and Acts 13.

We have here the Gospel spelled out.

If Jesus had stayed dead, He would have been just another wise teacher spelling out lifestyle hints.

But He was more than that: He is no longer dead.

His resurrection gave Him and us new life.  There are numerous indicators that the Jesus before the resurrection and the Jesus after the resurrection was different physically.  He went through walls.  Some of his closest followers didn’t recognize Him.

Our new life on earth comes in a different form: we no longer carry the load of our sins.  They are gone.  How “light” that makes us!

It is news (the burden of our sins is gone) that we either believe is true or we don’t.  If we don’t act accordingly we have not believed the news.

“Lord, I thank You for Your Word.  I thank You that You took care of my sin problem.  Help me to live accordingly.  I love You, Lord.”

If you read Acts 13:36-39 you now know the real Good News.  You can either accept that news or reject it.  There are consequences for either choice.

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