I’ve been thinking about the gospel. The good news of Jesus. I’m wondering how much bad news is an inherent part of the good news.
There has to be some. For Jesus to be the answer, there has to be a problem that needs a solution. But what is the problem?
Is it sin? Is it personal sin or universal sin?
Is it the powers of evil? Is that the problem? Satan and his minions that have rebelled against God, deceived mankind, and sown seeds of death and destruction; is that what Jesus came to fix?
Why did Jesus have to die? Is his death part of the good news or the bad news? Some would argue that his death is the bad news and his resurrection the good. Is that it?
Why do people need to be Christians? To be saved from eternal damnation? To be part of God’s Kingdom? To find purpose and community? What’s the point?
I guess here’s what I’d like to hear your thoughts on:
- What did Jesus accomplish with his death that couldn’t be accomplished any other way?
- If Jesus is our Savior, what is he saving us from?
- What do we gain by becoming a Christian that we couldn’t have otherwise?
How would you answer?