On August 15, 1945, the headline of The Baltimore Sun stated, 'The War Is Over.' What effect do you think that news had on all who heard it? One sub-headline read, 'Flood of Joy Sweeps Through Allied World.' But what if the headline was different? – 'The Allies Must Do Such-and-Such to End the War.' That headline wouldn’t bring peace and joy. The difference between good news and good advice is life-changing, isn’t it? The word "gospel" means "good news," the good news of salvation. Yes, THE GOSPEL IS GOOD NEWS, NOT GOOD ADVICE. If the gospel was no more than advice, it would leave us grasping at straws with God as it is with any other philosophy and religion: 'If you want to be right with God and live forever, do this, this, and this.' That’s advice, and bad advice at that. It only leads to hopelessness and despair as you fail to measure up, or it leads to pride and delusion as you convince yourself that you’ve earned God’s favor.
But the gospel is good news about what Jesus has done for you, something that has already happened, that has already been accomplished. It is the good news that God has worked out your salvation in full! The good news is that Jesus’ perfect life, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection count for you. On the cross, Jesus cried out, "It is finished!" (headline: 'Sin Paid In Full'), and at His empty tomb the angels proclaimed, "He has risen, just as He said!" (headline: 'His Victory = Your Peace'). The Bible puts it this way: "Jesus was handed over to die for our sins, and He was raised from death to make us right with God. Therefore, since we have been made right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 4:25, 5:1) Believe the good news of the gospel, and be at peace!
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.