The Good News

“’Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.  Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.’”  Acts 13:38-39.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Job 9-10, and Acts 13-14.

What news!

Jesus has taken care of our sin problem.  How did He do it?  Jesus took all the sins of everyone with Him to death.  He bore them all.  Those sins died with Jesus.  To prove that God accepted the sacrifice Jesus made, He raised Jesus from the dead.  That resurrection gave each of us a new life.  We are no longer burdened by our sins.  We have new life.

These things happened but, like any news, it can be believed or disbelieved.  If I believe the Good News then I will act accordingly.  I will live like someone freed of their sins.  If I don’t believe the Good News then I will still be burdened down with sins.  I will continue to live in my sinfulness.

For many people, the Good News is unbelievable.  They believe, instead, that what THEY do will make things right with God.  Why did Jesus die then?

I get an immediate flashback to the Japanese soldier remaining in the jungles of the Philippines for years after World War 2 had ended.  Why?  He refused to believe that who gave him that information and acted accordingly.  What a waste!

“Lord, thank You for taking care of my sin problem.  If You hadn’t done something about my sins I would be unworthy of an after-life with You.  Thank You for rescuing me.  I love You, Lord.”

My actions are indicative of whether or not I believe the Good News.  Believing it without supportive actions is worthless.

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