Basically, there’s good news and bad news. This news is for you, me, and everyone who’s ever existed.
To end on a good note, we’ll start with the bad.
The bad news is… you’re guilty. Guilty of what? Guilty of treason. Many years ago the first man ever created by God decided to rebell against God’s wishes and plans and pursue his own selfish desires. This man, named Adam, represented the whole human race. All of his children and ancestors have inherited this natural desire to pursue other things instead of what God has for us. And so, consequently, this is the reality we are all caught up in, and there’s really nothing we can do about it. We have inherited guilt, but we have also proven ourselves guilty by the way we conduct our own lives… pursuing other things instead of God. Our money, social status, relationships, and other things become our focal point and sources of ultimate hope. We love our things and our selves more than anything else, more than God.
The Bible says this is treason. God, the ultimate King and Judge of the universe, says this is an offense worthy of death. We must pay the price for rebelling against our Creator and loving other things besides him. This is fair and just. We freely choose to put our hope and aspirations in our temporal possessions and lives. Death is what we deserve and exactly what we will get.
But yes, there is good news…
About 2,000 years ago, God took care of this problem. God’s Son, Jesus, was sent to earth to pay the death penalty for us. He died in our place. So now, anyone that believes this, and truly commits their life to following Jesus, will not have to pay this penalty. It has been paid in full. In order for someone to take the world’s place in this dilemma, this person would have to be perfect. This person would have to have never loved money, sex, power, or anything else more than God… ever. Jesus lived 33 years on this earth and accomplished this very task. And we have his example and life to serve as a model for how we should live. But most of all, we have his death and resurrection from the grave. We no longer have to be slaves to the desires of this world. We no longer have to love things instead of God. We are free. We are innocent in God’s eyes. We are not guilty. We are in Christ.
Good news, indeed.