Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

The Gospel is Good News

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

1st September 2013

‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

The word ‘gospel’ is found over 90 times in the Bible. In the Greek New Testament, ‘gospel’ is the translation of the Greek noun ‘euangelion’, meaning “good news,” and the verb ‘euangelizo’, meaning “to bring or announce good news.”

For the early church and for Christians today the central Christian message is one of salvation through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

But why is this message such good news?

In 2 Corinthians 5:17 the Apostle Paul gives us some key things to think about:

Paul says, ‘…if anyone is in Christ...’, then adds ‘that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ…’ (V.19) Jesus’ death was sufficient for the whole world, everyone is included. Salvation is for anyone and everyone.

What good news it is that “anyone”, and that means you and me, are included in Christ’s reconciling work.

Then Paul says that our salvation in Christ deals with our past: ‘…The old has gone…’ (V.17)

Having our sin forgiven, and the past dealt with is such good news. But there’s even more: Christ’s all encompassing sacrifice deals with all our sin, past, present, and future. After all everyone one of our sins was future when Christ died. There is nothing out of the reach of his sacrifice, and in place of our sin we become ‘the righteousness of God’ (V.21).

This great exchange, our sin for Christ’s righteousness, is the best deal we will ever be offered, and paves the way to a glorious future: ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ (V.17)

We have a whole new future ahead of us that begins now and will stretch out into eternity. When we become a Christian everything changes, as God guides and leads us through his spirit, and guarantees eternal life with him.

Good news indeed!

So much so let’s announce it to others and ‘implore [people] on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God’ (V.20) so that everyone may experience the end of their old life replaced by a new life in Christ.

Prayer

Father, help me to place my past, present and future into your hands. Please compel me by Christ’s love to be your ambassador and share the good news of reconciliation where I can.
Amen

Have a good week living and sharing the good news.

Pastor Barry

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