7 months ago

2018-04 EngApr

P A G E 2 T H E G O O D

P A G E 2 T H E G O O D N E W S The good news of Easter is that Jesus Christ is alive! His empty tomb, the confidence of His disciples after His resurrection, and His presence in the lives of believers today all testify that the Saviour of mankind has literally risen from the dead and is alive! But the fact of the resurrection alone doesn’t tell the whole story. Jesus Christ has broken through the death-barrier for you and me. The most solemn fact of all human consciousness is the certainty of death. And it’s the Bible that tells us “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Death not only means the end of physical life, but the separation of the soul from God—“Your iniquities [sins] have separated you from your God” (Isaiah 59:2). The death of Jesus was a very public event, yet it was in no way the result of any sin of His own, for He had no sin. Jesus was dying for you and me. By taking the punishment for all our sins, Jesus “suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). The Lord “laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). By being our substitute, Jesus can save us from the consequences of our sins. When Jesus was raised from the dead, it meant more than restoration of physical life. He had paid our full punishment, and broken through the spiritual death-barrier for sinful people. The payment for our sins had been paid to God, and the resurrection proved that God had accepted the payment. The fact that Jesus is alive today assures an eternal destiny in Heaven to those who believe that what Jesus did was done on their behalf. When you put your faith in the risen Jesus Christ, God will save you from spiritual death. Those who trust in Jesus Christ are forgiven, accepted by God, and made spiritually alive by Him. At a time only God knows, He will transform the perishable bodies of believers who have died into imperishable bodies like Christ’s resurrection body (1 Corinthians 15:35-57). They will then be truly ready to enjoy living in God’s Heaven! The resurrection of Jesus Christ can mean spiritual life to you now and then in Heaven with God. Eternal life can be yours if you believe that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, died for your sins, and that God raised Him from the dead. You have Jesus’ Word on it from the Bible: “And this is the will of Him who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40).

There is good news today! You don’t have to be overwhelmed by the headlines or your own problems. God can be with you today— and every day. He knows the sense of emptiness we all experience. A great man who had known that emptiness once prayed to God, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, and the heart of man is restless until it finds its rest in Thee” (St. Augustine). God sees us trying to fill His place in our lives with friends or pleasure or success. But apart from Him there is no lasting satisfaction in even the good things of life. Only the God who made us can meet our deepest needs. The root of our problem is separation from God. The Bible tells us that long ago men rebelled against God and His design for the world. And we continue to rebel: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). With man’s rebellion came alienation from God and eventually death: “Through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). Without a Saviour we face this life and eternity without God. But, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again for you. He can free you from the penalty of sin by bringing you into a life-giving relationship with God. To know God you must first come to His Son in a personal step of faith. He is waiting for you. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father, except through Me” (John 14:6). The Lord is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Repenting of your sins means that you are turning from what displeases God to follow Christ. Never be afraid that He will reject you. Jesus said, “the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37). Come to Christ now—just as you are. The Bible promises, “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). Then you can know Jesus’ promise, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). “Come to Christ now—just as you are” T H E G O O D N E W S P A G E 3